Lithuania issues European warrant for ex-minister's arrest

  • 2006-09-11
  • By TBT staff
VILNIUS - The Lithuanian Prosecutor General's Office has issued a European warrant for arrest of Viktor Uspaskich, the founder and former leader of the Labor Party.
Uspaskich, 47, the disgraced former Minister of Economic Affairs, is currently hiding in Russia from Lithuanian law enforcement agencies, which suspect him of non-transparent party accounting.
On September 11 Lithuania's Prosecutor General's Office sent an arrest warrant to EU member states through Interpol. The warrant means Uspaskich can be arrested and extradited to Lithuania if he attempts to enter an EU member country.
Uspaskich is suspected of filing fraudulent income data with the State Tax Inspectorate and the Central Electoral Committee.
The Migration Department is currently working to ascertain whether or not Uspaskich holds Russian citizenship. If found to have held and hidden Russian citizenship, Uspaskich could be stripped of his Lithuanian citizenship. However this would leave out of the reach of Lithuanian law enforcement agencies that seek to prosecute him.