Parliament wants to undermine independence of prosecutor general, Lithuanian president says

Dalia Grybauskaitė
DELFI / Mindaugas Ažušilis

“We had as many as eight prosecutor generals since restoring independence. In this term of office of Parliament there were several initiatives to negate the prosecutor general’s independence stipulated in the Constitution by changing his appointment and dismissal procedures,” the statement of the president’s office reads.

According to Grybauskaitė, the state needs an independent, honest and broad-minded prosecutor general who would ensure the renewal of the institution.

The Lithuanian Parliament has twice rejected the candidates put forward for the prosecutor general’s position by President Grybauskaitė and the office has been without a permanent head since June. The president said she could nominate another candidate after the parliamentary elections of 2016.

In mid-October social democrat Julius Sabatauskas registered legal amendments proposing to have the Government appoint the head of prosecution. Meanwhile, chairman of the prosecutors’ trade union Julius Reksnys says that the prosecutor general should be elected by other prosecutors.

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