Lithuanian defense chairman cleared of allegations

  • 2007-03-28
  • TBT staff
Chairman of parliamentary National Security and Defense Committee (NSDC) Algimantas Matulevicius, who had been suspected of having past relations with the KGB, has maintained his right to work with secret information.
The State Security Department (SSD) had asked to suspend Matulevicius' right to work with secret information based on allegations that the parliamentarian concealed his past relations with the KGB.
Director General of the SSD, Arvydas Pocius, said in a speech delivered in the Lithuanian parliament last week that there is enough material gathered purportedly proveding Matulevicius' past cooperation with the occupation state.
Matulevicius strongly denies the information about his alleged meetings with KGB staff. He has appealed against Pocius to court, accusing him of defamation.
Last week, the Lustration Commission determined that there is no evidence proving that Matulevicius had cooperated with the KGB.