VILNIUS - Vilnius Regional Court ruled on July 12 that members of the Labor Party: Viktor Uspaskich, Vytautas Gapsys and Vitalija Vonzutaite as well as Marina Liutkeviciene are guilty of bookkeeping fraud, reports ELTA. The court sentenced Uspaskich to four years imprisonment.
“The Judicial College makes a conclusion that the accused (..), operating in a group, managed the bookkeeping of the Labor Party in a fraudulent way,” said Judge Daiva Pranyte Zalieckiene.
The panel of judges said the Labor Party, which is currently a member of the ruling coalition, unlawfully avoided paying more than 3.8 million litas (1.1 million euros) in required taxes and fees in the 2004-2006 period.
The convicted leaders of the Labor Party will appeal against the decisiont.
According to Deputy Seimas Speaker Vytautas Gapsys, the decision will have no influence on the ruling coalition.