MEP Uspaskich questioned as special witness in Alstom trial

Viktor Uspakich
DELFI / Tomas Vinickas

Asked whether he was asked about the Alstom bribery probe during the questioning, Uspaskich replied that this question should go to the Special Investigation Service.

“I don’t know. It’s difficult for me to say, as I did not have anything to say or testify. I cannot even tell you anything. Let the investigators talk. (…) I read quite a lot about them (the Alstom investigation), however, I have nothing to add,” he told journalists after the interrogation.

Asked whether he was requested to tell about his performance as Lithuania’s economy minister in 2004-2005, the MEP replied that the questions were asked.

Under Lithuanian laws, a person is listed as special witness when he is questioned about his actions but there are no sufficient grounds for suspicions against him.

Lithuania’s law-enforcement are probing large-scale bribery and corruption involving the French engineering group Alstom, which in 2004-2009 carried out a 200-million-euro project at the Lithuanian Power Plant in Elektrenai and reconstructed the Kaunas hydro power plant for 43 million euros.

In mid-March, STT conducted searches in the homes of Rymantas Juozaitis, a former CEO of Lietuvos Energija (Lithuanian Energy), and Pranas Noreika, a former CEO of Lietuvos Elektrinė (Lithuanian Power Plant).

Under the Lithuanian law, statute of limitations in the crimes is 10 years since the last offence.

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