Ex-leader of Lithuanian liberals after acquittal: truth wins sooner or later

  • 2022-04-20
  • BNS/TBT Staff

VILNIUS - Eligijus Masiulis, former leader of Lithuania's liberals who was charged with receiving bribes in a high-profile political corruption case, has welcomed his acquittal by court but has refrained from any comments about his potential political future.

“Today I am happy that the court has made the decision it was supposed to make after resisting very strong external pressure, truly considering the facts of the case and listening to legal arguments instead of experts in public relations,” he told reporters on Tuesday.

“Truth wins in a state under the rule of law sooner or later,” he added.

Masiulis claimed that he was ready to continue his defense should prosecutors decide to appeal the court’s decision.

However, he refrained from comments about whether he intended to revive his political career.

He also said that he would not ask the court to award him damages.

Vilnius Regional Court on Tuesday acquitted defendants, including Masiulis, in a political corruption case involving MG Group, one of Lithuania’s biggest business groups formerly known as MG Baltic.