Lithuanian anti-corruption body says probe dispels doubts about its officers

  • 2020-05-05
  • BNS/TBT Staff

VILNIUS - The Lithuanian Special Investigation Service (STT) says an in-house probe into the circumstances surrounding correspondence by Renatas Martisius, one of its investigators, did not reveal any infringements.

"Today, when the in-house probe is over, we can see that doubts about STT officers' actions proved to be unfounded," Zydrunas Bartkus, the anti-corruption agency's director, said in a press release on Tuesday. 

"We do admit the fact that (STT) employees should avoid personal requests in relations with one another and with others persons to prevent any doubts about their professional ethics," he added. 

According to STT, the probe found no evidence suggesting that any of its officers could have put pressure on judges, released information about pre-trial investigations by the agency or sought decisions favorable to people close to them. 

Law-enforcement bodies are currently carrying out a pre-trial investigation in which three lawyers – Giedrius Danelius, Vladas Rakauskas and Dainius Baronas – and Antanas Petrosius, a businessman who is also a suspect in a case involving the National Blood Center, are suspected of putting pressure on STT officers. 

Danelius is suspected of unlawful pressure on STT Director Zydrunas Bartkus and Vilija Kerbeliene, an investigator carrying out a pre-trial investigation into the National Blood Center case.

According to a court ruling obtained by BNS, the suspicions against Danelius have to do with his alleged intention to use compromising information about Martisius, a criminal intelligence officer with STT.  

The lawyers deny blackmailing Bartkus. Danelius has said that the STT investigator could have put unlawful pressure on judges.