Impeached President Paksas acquitted of influence peddling

  • 2020-05-01

A Vilnius court on April 15 found Lithuania's former President Rolandas Paksas and Gedvydas Vainauskas, the CEO of the media group Lietuvos Rytas, not guilty of influence peddling. 

Prosecutors sought suspended prison sentences for Paksas and Vainauskas, and a fine for Zabulis. 

According to the case-file, Paksas, who was then the leader of the Order and Justice party, in 2015 allegedly agreed to accept a 15,000-euro bribe from Vainauskas in exchange for pressing construction inspectors to authorize the opening of a new Norfa retail store in Prienai, a town in southern Lithuania. Vainauskas claimed he was carrying out a journalistic investigation, and Paksas said the case was aimed at forcing him out of politics.