Lietuva in brief - 2007-08-01

  • 2007-08-01
A 19-year-old man who fled to Ireland last month after allegedly killing two women and injuring another three people in a fatal hit-and-run crash turned himself in to Irish authorities on July 26 saying he was wanted in Lithuania. Darius Vaicekauskas is going back to his home country and will face a pre-trial judge at the Raseiniai District Court where the terms of his arrest will be determined.

Strong storms and wind forced former triathlete Vidmantas Urbonas to postpone his swim across the Baltic Sea until weather permits his return. The 49-year-old began his journey from Sweden on July 22 and expects to finish at the Latvian port of Pavilosta. He reached  more than half of the 200-kilometer distance in six days, but the rough seas prevented him from swimming the last 95-kilometer stretch. If successful, he would be the first person to swim across the Baltic Sea.

At least 90 percent of 500 surveyed residents living in Lithuania's largest cities think the government's extent of corruption during last year did not rise or fall, according to a poll by the Fonitel company on July 19 - 20. Prime Minister Gediminas Kirkilas promised last year that if the country's corruption index did not decrease by this year, he would resign. The Lithuanian branch of Transparency International won't announce this year's index figure until the fall.