Body of Lithuanian legal secretary found in Belgium

  • 2009-01-27
  • TBT staff in cooperation with BNS

VILNIUS- The body of Darius Arbaciauskas,legal secretary to Pranas Kuris Lithuanianjudge at the European Court of Justice has been found by the Meuse River in Namur by Belgian police. He had been declaredmissing as of mid December 2008.

Arbaciauskas, 40, was lastseen on the evening of Dec. 8 as he was leaving the building of the EuropeanCourt of Justice.

Belgian police announcedhis search on Dec 19.

Lithuanian police were informed about themissing person by his sister, said Lithuania's Police Department spokeswomanDanute Daunoraviciute.

 "Belgian police suspects that hecommitted suicide. His automobile was found next to a hefty bridge, the riverbelow is full of torrents, the body yet to be found, so the police suspects hisbody might have been carried on to the Netherlands", Daunoraviciute thensaid.

Arbaciauskas had beenworking together with Kuris since 1992, when the latter was appointed Lithuania's Ambassador to Belgium. Arbaciauskas then worked in thiscountry as a consul, with his career later veering towards Paris.