Influence peddling case of Lietuvos Rytas group owner goes to court

Gedvydas Vainauskas
Stopkadras

Both businessmen are suspected of involvement in a case of bribery which also has Lithuanian MEP Rolandas Paksas as a suspect.

Vainauskas allegedly offered a €10,000 bribe to Paksas who had to influence inspectors at the Environment Ministry to sign off on a new Norfa supermarket in Prienai, a town in southern Lithuania.

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Paksas is the leader of the Order and Justice party, as is the minister of the environment.

The case of Paksas was separated into a separate probe so that prosecutors could proceed with other cases while waiting for the European Parliament‘s decision on lifting of Paksas’ legal immunity.

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Prosecutors have yet to bring charges against Paksas.

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