The president has proposed allowing investigation in absentia in connection to all crimes that have caused major damages to the state or an individual. Presidential adviser Rasa Svetikaitė told BNS that prosecutors would decide on grounds for an investigation in absentia.
The President’s Office has refused to comment on specific cases, however, noted in a press release that “stories of suspects fleeing abroad have revealed legal gaps that allow even plunderers of millions (of euros) to avoid responsibility.”
Currently, investigations in absentia are only possible in cases of foreigners avoiding justice and escaping Lithuania and only for crimes of international character, such as terrorism, genocide, human trafficking and bribery.
The President’s Office said the pre-trial investigation in absentia would only be possible in cases when suspects hide abroad and avoid criminal proceedings, while the country of their presence refuses to cooperate with Lithuania.