Lithuanian Supreme Court starts hearing ex-MP Pukas' sexual harassment case

  • 2020-01-22
  • BNS/TBT Staff

VILNIUS - The Lithuanian Supreme Court (LAT) started on Wednesday hearing a case in which former Lithuanian MP Kestutis Pukas was charged with sexual harassment. 

Lower-instance courts found Pukas guilty of sexually harassing a woman who worked as his assistant when he was an MP, but acquitted him on charges of harassment against three other young women who sought the job of secretary-assistant.  

According to LAT, the latter three women are asking it to pronounce the former MP guilty or refer the case to an appellate court for reexamination. 

Prosecutors want to prove that the free job applicants were dependent on the MP.  

Pukas resigned as MP in January 2018 shortly before the Seimas' vote on stripping him of his mandate. 

The Constitutional Court has ruled that Pukas breached the oath and violated the Constitution by sexually harassing his assistants and female candidates for this position.