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Parliamentary commission wants prosecutor's opinion

  • 2004-07-28
  • By The Baltic Times
VILNIUS - Parliament's anti-corruption commission proposed on Tuesday that the Prosecutor General's Office and the Chief Official Ethics Commission study material gathered on corruption allegations against three MPs.

The proposals were stated in the commission's conclusions signed by its members July 27 afternoon.
Specifically, the panel proposed that prosecutors carry out a pretrial investigation into alleged crimes committed by former MPs Vytenis Andriukaitis, Vytautas Kvietkauskas and Arvydas Vidziunas, who are accused of accepting bribes from the Rubicon Group in exchange for help in getting favorable legislation passed.
The commission also proposed that Parliament amend a package of laws that would prevent such corruption in the future.
In words of Rimantas Sinkevicius, a member of the commission, Parliament was advised to improve the Seimas Statute, amend and supplement provisions of the law on funding of political parties, stipulate personal liability of political parties, their leaders and treasurers for financial offences in the Administrative Code, as well as propose to adopt Code of Conduct of Politicians, the Baltic News Service reported.
Under the Central Electoral Committee's decision, the abovementioned politicians will lose their powers and immunity of members of Parliament on Wednesday.