Prosecutor appeals against acquittal of Lithuanian president’s adviser

Daiva Ulbinaitė and her attorney Giedrius Danėlius
DELFI / Mindaugas Ažušilis

ELTA news agency has learned from Elena Martinonienė, a representative of the Prosecutor General‘s Office, that the prosecutor disagrees with the judgement and on Monday, 2 February, asked to overrule the decision.

Earlier, on 12 January, the District Court of Vilnius City acquitted Daiva Ulbinaitė of abuse of office and disclosure of a state secret. She faced a maximum punishment of 3 year imprisonment for revealing classified information and up to 5 year imprisonment for abuse of office.

Last week Ulbinaitė returned to her old job at the President’s Office.

The Prosecutor General’s Office launched a pre-trial investigation in October 2013, after receiving information from Director of the State Security Department (VSD) Gediminas Grina that news agency BNS published classified information regarding a threat to national security. A secret VSD report, which was leaked to the media, claimed that Russia may publish discrediting or defaming information about President Dalia Grybauskaitė. Ulbinaitė was suspected of having leaked this information.

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