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Published: 13 february 2013 17:53

Court turns to linguists over President Valdas Adamkus' book

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Vilnius City District Court decided to order a linguistic analysis of statements made by former Lithuanian President Valdas Adamkus in his memoir book where he refers to MP Danutė Mikutienė.

Mikutienė, of the Labor Party, is asking the court to order Adamkus to pay her LTL 200,000 (around EUR 58,000) in non-pecuniary damages over allegedly false statements in his book which cause harm to her dignity and honor.

Mikutienė is mentioned in Adamkus book once. On page 376 of his 540-page memoir, Adamkus tells about events in the fall of 2007 when Viktor Uspackich, leader of the Labor Party, went into hiding in Russia, fleeing criminal prosecution in Lithuania. At the time, members of the Labor Party's political group in the Seimas went to Moscow to meet with Uspaskich and publicly accused Lithuanian law enforcement of attempts bully their leader. The ex-Lithuanian president comments that the Labor MPs, including Mikutienė, were defending Uspaskich and "dishing dirt on Lithuania in full blast."

The hearing was adjourned until the analysis is carried out, the court's spokeswoman Airinė Šerelytė told BNS.

Adamkus was represented by his lawyer who earlier said the former president used his freedom of expression and did not cross any boundaries while writing his book.

Meanwhile Mikutienė told the court she had never dished dirt on Lithuania and was not in Moscow on the day mentioned by Adamkus in his book.

Journalist Valdas Bartasevičius and publishing house Tyto Alba are named third parties in the case.

Adamkus' book, "The Last Term," sold 40,000 copies. The narrative consists of Adamkus' diary entries from between 2003 and 2009.

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