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Lithuanian Court of Appeals to open Labor Party's case in October

Viktoras Uspaskichas
Aurimo Šrubėno nuotr. / Viktoras Uspaskichas
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The Lithuanian Court of Appeals will start hearings into the Labor Party's bookkeeping fraud case in October.

The first hearing is scheduled for Oct. 10. A panel of three judges is yet to be formed, only Laima Garneliene of the Criminal Cases Division has been appointed as rapporteur for the case, the court told BNS.

The case with seven appeals was submitted to the Court of Appeals by a Vilnius Court.

The court has received pleas from the convicts, namely, the party's founder Viktor Uspaskich, MPs Vitalija Vonzutaite and Vytautas Gapsys, as well as the part's former accountant Marina Liutkeviciene. The right to appeal has also been exercised by the Labor Party's lawyer Violeta Baziene, the Labor Party (Laborists) that resulted from party merger and the Prosecutor General's Office.

On July 12, the Vilnius court found Uspaskich guilty of bookkeeping fraud and sentenced him to four years in prison. According to the verdict, Vonzutaite should spend three years behind bars.

Liutkeviciene was sent to prison for a year, while Gapsys, the party's current leader, was imposed a fine of 35,000 litas (EUR 10,145).

Should the verdict remain in effect, Uspaskich would go to penitentiary and compensate large damages, as the court satisfied the claims filed by the State Tax Inspectorate and the State Social Insurance Fund and ordered that Uspaskich and another sentenced MP Vitalija Vonzutaite should pay over 3 million litas for the taxes and fees the Labor Party failed to pay in 2004-2006.

The party as a legal entity has been exempted of criminal liability, as a new legal entity was formed by way of merger with its daughter Laborist Party earlier this year.

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