Viktor Uspaskich: I don't trust Lithuanian law enforcement

  • 2006-09-01
  • By TBT staff
VILNIUS - Viktor Uspaskich, former leader of the Labor Party, who has become a suspect and is wanted by Lithuanian law enforcement agencies, has restated that he does not trust Lithuanian law enforcement and therefore has no intention to return to Lithuania.
Uspaskich has also categorically denied having ever had Russian citizenship.
Asked by BNS on Friday whether he would cooperate with Lithuanian law enforcement agencies, which have launched an international search for him amid suspicions of illegal accounting of the party, Uspaskich evaded a direct answer, saying that he had doubts about their impartiality.
"I have reasons to believe that I will not be able to defend myself in Lithuania, find a possibility to defend myself using international assistance," Uspaskich told BNS on the phone on Friday. He said he was in Moscow, adding that Russian law enforcement officers were not searching for him there.