Lithuanian prosecutor wants Labour Party’s founder in prison for 6 years

Viktor Uspaskich
DELFI / Mindaugas Ažušilis

Verseckas also suggested that the Labour Party should be imposed a fine of about 376,000 euros.

In July 2013, a Vilnius court sentenced Uspaskich to four years in prison for bookkeeping fraud, while MP Vitalija Vonžutaitė was sentenced to three years. MP Vytautas Gapšys was imposed a fine of over 10,000 euros and the party’s former bookkeeper Marina Liutkevičienė received a sentence of one year in prison.

Charges against the Labour Party as a legal entity were dropped after it merged with a sister party, effectively forming a new entity.

An appeal against the verdict was filed with the Court of Appeals, and the ruling will not take effect until the Court of Appeals hands down its verdict in the case.

After hearing the six-year sentence proposed by state prosecutor in the bookkeeping fraud case, the Lithuanian Labour Party’s founder MEP Viktor Uspaskich has accused State Prosecutor Saulius Verseckas of following someone’s orders.

“I totally disagree with the charges. This is an order that the prosecutor is following in a diligent manner,” Uspaskich told BNS at the Court of Appeals, refusing to specify the persons who gave Verseckas orders.

The politician claimed the case lacked evidence to prove his guilt.

“I do not fear the prison, I fear that everything is done without any evidence on the table,” said Uspaskich.

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