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Lithuanian president: There can be no compromise in efforts against corruption

  • 2017-09-23
  • LETA/TBT Staff

VILNIUS – There can be no compromise in efforts against corruption, Lithuania's President Dalia Grybauskaite said in comment of the political corruption suspicions brought against two parties earlier on Friday.

"This is a result of consistent and principled performance of the law-enforcement over the past few years. There can be no compromise in the efforts to combat corruption," Grybauskaite said in a comment sent to BNS by her press service.

Earlier on Friday, the Prosecutor General's Office brought suspicions against two parties represented in the parliament, the Liberal Movement and the Labor Party – in one of the largest cases of political corruption.

The Special Investigation Service said the Liberal Movement may have benefited by way of possibly unlawful operations of its former leader and 2012-2016 MP Eligijus Masiulis and the party's board member and MP Sarunas Gustainis.

According to the suspicions, Masiulis, acting in the party's interest, received a bribe of 106,000 euros in cash from MG Baltic vice-president Raimondas Kurlianskis for political decisions favorable to the concern, as well as took non-pecuniary bribes.

Gustainis is suspected of taking a bribe of 8,700 euros disguised as support to a public establishment organizing training for the party's members from Kurlianskis for political decisions that would benefit the concern.

The Labor Party is faced with suspicions due to actions of its former vice-chairman Vytautas Gapsys who held an MP mandate in the 2012-2016 term.