Parliament supports sacking of Junokas

  • 2004-09-29
  • By The Baltic Times
VILNIUS 's Parliament on Tuesday approved President Valdas Adamkus' decision to dismiss Valentinas Junokas, director of the Special Investigation Service, who wanted to resign.

Junokas has come under fire for a series of investigations that were made public just recent elections, eliciting a wave of accusations that the SIS had targeted specific political factions and thereby skewed the poll's results.

Junokas told parliamentarians last week that he wanted a quieter life and that by his resignation he sought to avoid speculations about SIS-launched investigations related with politicians.

Special Investigation Service investigations have led to a case against Vilnius Mayor Arturas Zuokas and a pretrial investigation into possible bribery of parliamentarians. Three MPs were forced to resign after falling under suspicion that they had taken bribes from a private company for help in adopting favorable laws.

As a result of the investigations, relations between Parliament and the SIS have come under tension.

Junokas was appointed as SIS director for a five-year tenure in June 2000.

The SIS director is appointed and dismissed by the president with Parliament's approval.