Prosecutor seeks 4-year jail sentence for attempted terror attack in Lithuanian capital

  • 2020-09-01
  • BNS/TBT Staff

VILNIUS – The public prosecutor is seeking a reduced four-year prison sentence for Gediminas Berzinskas, a 21-year-old man who admitted to attempting to commit a terror act in Vilnius last year.  

 Vilnius Regional Court opened his case on Monday. 

Berzinskas has no previous convictions, and he fully admits his guilt and regrets having committed the crime, Sarunas Astrauskas, the prosecutor, noted. 

Aidas Mazeika, Berzinskas’ defense lawyer, said that his client met the criteria for a non-custodial sentence.

The court is expected to issue its ruling on September 18.  

Berzinskas was detained on October 15 as part of a special operation. He was charged with placing a home-made bomb outside a Western Union office in Vilnius and spray-painting "FK Division", "Siege" and a swastika on the building's wall on October 6, 2019.  

Searches at his home found powerful ready-to-detonate explosives and other chemicals that can be used to make improvised explosive devices, as well as an improvised firearm and extremist and nationalist symbols and literature.

According to law-enforcement, Berzinskas affiliates himself with the far-right extremist group Feuerkrieg Division.