Grybauskaite says she rejected initiative on intelligence's preventive conversations

  • 2020-01-13
  • BNS/TBT Staff

VILNIUS – Lithuania's ex-President Dalia Grybauskaite says she was against the bid by intelligence services to have preventive conversations legalized during her presidential term as she believes they would violate human rights.

She said on Monday that some elements of the Law on Intelligence, submitted by incumbent President Gitanas Nauseda, "were in fact discussed previously as well".

"Especially those preventive conversations. Then and now I believe that it's an excessive measure and it definitely runs counter to human rights," Grybauskaite told journalists at the parliament on Monday.

She also believes "definitely such a measure cannot be introduced" without additional control of intelligence institutions.