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Published: 13 june 2013 18:09

Lithuanian prosecutors to ask foreign assistance in locating MP Neringa Venckienė

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Juliaus Kalinsko / 15min nuotr. / Neringa Venckienė
Two legal assistance requests have been drafted in MP Neringa Venckienė's case, according to the country's Prosecutor General Darius Valys.

"As it has been announced, the search for suspect Venckienė is underway, and the prosecutor has drafted two legal assistance requests for foreign countries, and they are currently being translated," he said without naming the countries.

The search for the MP was announced on May 9. The police were authorized to establish the MP's whereabouts.

Venckienė has been missing since the parliament stripped her off her legal immunity on April 9. Since then, she has not appeared at the parliament and has been beyond reach of the police.

Members of the Path of Courage party in parliament maintain they are not aware of Venckienė's whereabouts. MP Valdas Vasiliauskas, a member of the group, has hinted that Venckienė is in the United States and may apply for political asylum there.

Last October, prosecutors brought suspicions against Venckienė on six counts of the Criminal Code. She is suspected of publicly humiliating court, failing to execute a court order to hand over her niece to the girl's mother Laimutė Stankūnaitė, impeding a bailiff from executing a court order, abusing her rights as a child's representative, physically resisting a police officer, and causing minor injuries to Stankūnaitė.

Elected to the parliament last fall, Venckienė acquired legal immunity, which she lost in April this year.

Between October 2009 and May 2012, Venckienė was the legal guardian of the daughter of her late brother Drąsius Kedys and his girlfriend Stankūnaitė. The girl was handed over to the mother on May 17 last year with the help of a big police squad.

Kedys accused Stankūnaitė of prostituting their small daughter to pedophiles. However, no suspicions were brought against Stankūnaitė, and a court cleared the only suspect Andrius Ūsas of all charges.

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