Prosecutors refuse to soften suppression measure for Lithuania's ex-judge Venckiene

  • 2020-01-08
  • BNS/TBT Staff

VILNIUS – Prosecutors have refused to soften the existing measure of suppression for Neringa Venckiene, a former Lithuanian judge and parliamentarian who was extradited from the United States, to allow her travel up to 50, not 10, kilometers from her home in Garliava, near Kaunas, Lithuania's second-largest city of Lithuania, the Kauno Diena daily writes.

Although the distance was increased for Venckiene to be able to travel to Kaunas, her lawyer Sonata Zukauskiene said the real distance from her client's home and central Kaunas is 11-12 km.

Izabele Bockiene, spokeswoman for Kaunas prosecutors, said prosecutor Darius Jakutis' decision was deemed legitimate and just, therefore, the chief prosecutor rejected the request.

An indictment is now being produced in the case, with the prosecution spokeswoman saying that "something will be decided as early as this week".

The former judge and lawmaker was flown back to Lithuania from the US on November 6. She is suspected of refusing to obey a court order, resisting a police officer, hindering a bailiff, and hitting Laimute Stankunaite, the mother of her niece, in the face. 

Venckiene left Lithuania in 2013 after the Lithuanian parliament lifted her legal immunity and was arrested in Chicago in February 2018. She says the accusations are politically motivated.

She was released on a 10,000 bail by Vilnius Regional Court on Nov 19.