Reding backs Austria in Golovatov fiasco

  • 2011-07-21
  • TBT Staff

VILNIUS -- EU Justice Commissioner Viviane Reding has thrown her support behind an Austrian court's decision to free a Russian man wanted for war crimes in Lithuania.

Reding said Austria had no legal obligation to deliver ex-KGB general Mikhail Golovatov to Lithuania. Golovatov is wanted for his role in the storming of the state television studios on January 13th, 1991, in which 14 people died and more than a thousand were wounded.

The three Baltic states have all condemned Austria for the decision. Lithuania has even threatened breaking diplomatic ties with the country.

Austrian Foreign Minister Michael Spindelegger has said that the Lithuanian-issued European arrest warrent was "too vague" to keep the man in detention.