VILNIUS - In one of the biggest cases of graft in Lithuania's postindependence history, three district judges have been relieved of their duties and indicted on charges of participating in a smuggling ring. On July 18, the General Prosecutor's Office brought charges against Arvydas Gudas, Darius Japertas and Palmira Linkeviciene, all chief judges in the district courts of Lazdijai, Panevezys and Birzai, respectively.President Rolandas Paksas subsequently signed a decree on July 22 officially removing the accused magistrates from their duties, a step that was required by law for the judges t...
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