Lithuania finishes 13 January massacre investigation

1991 m. sausio 13-oji, A.Petrulevičiaus nuotr.

According to the Lithuanian prosecutors, most of them are hiding abroad, evading prosecution, therefore, European warrants for their arrest have been issued and an international search for them has been announced.

According to the Office, the decision to finish the probe was made after it was concluded that all evidence proving the suspects’ guilt in possible war crimes and crimes against humanity have been collected during the pre-trial investigation.

The process participants, including the suspects, their lawyers, victims, civil claimants or their representatives, can get acquainted with the materials of the pre-trial investigation until 12 May 2015. Later on, the case will be handed over to court.

Over 1,000 unarmed Lithuanian civilians were injured and 14 were killed during an attempt by the Soviet army and Special Forces to take over the Vilnius TV Tower on 13 January 1991.

In Lithuania, prosecution for war crimes or crimes against humanity is not subject to a statute of limitations.

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