VILNIUS - Valdas Sutkus, the Lithuanian Business Confederation's president who is a suspect in a high-profile corruption investigation, on Wednesday denied having given or taken any bribes.
"I neither gave any bribes to anyone or took any from anyone," Sutkus told reporters after the Vilnius City District Court denied the prosecution's request to remand him in custody.
"I must admit that I feel better today than yesterday. The sad thing is that – as my own case and that of my colleague Mantas shows and there have been other cases, too – it is becoming physically dangerous to represent businesses and a business organization in Lithuania today," he added.
Mantas Zalatorius, the president of the Association of Lithuanian Banks (LBA), is another suspect in the illegal lobbying and influence peddling investigation.