Lithuanian court to rule whether to keep Paleckis in custody

  • 2019-12-17
  • BNS/TBT Staff

VILNIUS - A Kaunas court is expected to decide on Tuesday whether to extend the remand period for Algirdas Paleckis, a Lithuanian politician suspected of spying for Russia.

The Prosecutor General's Office has confirmed to BNS that Kaunas Regional Court will rule on whether to keep Paleckis in custody, but gives no details as to what period of extension the prosecutor in charge of the case is seeking. 

According to information available to BNS, Paleckis has requested not to be present in court.

The court ruled in October to remand Paleckis, who has been held in custody since his arrest in October 2018, for another two months, less than sought by the prosecutor. 

The former leader of the Socialist People's Front is a suspect in a case where an unidentified "network of persons" are suspected of illegally gathering information on law-enforcement officials and judges involved in the January 1991 crackdown case, and other data for Russia. 

Law-enforcement informed the public about the ongoing investigation in December 2018, but has since provided little information on the case.  

Paleckis has been complaining about his health and was even hospitalized between August and September.