Dangutė 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, saying that some facts mentioned in the president's book were lies caused harm to her reputation.
Adamkus was represented by his lawyer. Meanwhile Mikutienė attended the hearing along with her lawyer.
The court heard that Mikutienė offered Adamkus to sign a peace treaty if he published a public disclaimer in national newspapers, the local press of Trakai, and included disclaimer in future publications of his memoir book. Adamkus' lawyer said the demands were unacceptable.
Mikutienė is once mentioned in Adamkus's book. In page 376, Adamkus recounts events in the fall of 2007, when Viktor Uspackich, leader of the Labor Party, went into hiding in Russia from the Lithuanian law enforcement. At the time, members of the Labor Party's group in the Seimas went to Moscow to meet with Uspaskich and publicly accused Lithuania's law enforcement of attempts to ruin their leader.
Adamkus claims that the Labor MPs, including Mikutienė, were defending Uspaskich and "dishing dirt on Lithuania in full blast."
Journalist Valdas Bartasevičius and publishing house Tyto Alba are named third parties in the case.
Adamkus' book sold 40,000 copies.