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Published: 5 december 2012 17:51

Viktor Uspaskich accuses Lithuania's former president of interfering with his case

Iš kairės: Viktoras Uspaskichas, Vitalija Vonžutaitė, Vytautas Gapšys
Juliaus Kalinsko / 15min nuotr. / Viktor Uspaskich, Vitalija Vonžutaitė, and Vytautas Gapšys of the Labour Party are suspected in a fraud case.

Wednesday afternoon Viktor Uspaskich, leader of Lithuania's Labor Party, started his testimony before a special panel expected to rule on his legal immunity. During the hearing, he quoted from memoirs of former Lithuanian President Valdas Adamkus and his statements on a TV program. Uspaskich claims that Adamkus is interfering with the case against him and his party.

Uspaskich cited Adamkus' statements that following a search at Uspaskich's home, he asked for additional officers to be involved in the case and he was also concerned over prosecutors' promise not to arrest Uspaskich, if he returned to Lithuania and cooperated with law enforcement.

"I would invite you to watch that episode of the program with Adamkus and I would quote his words: "I don't think it’s a secret that when I still was the president, I saw documents in the Labor Party case and I told prosecutors "hand them over to court." This is what the president said," Uspaskich said referring to Adamkus' statement on Lietuvos Rytas TV.

"It would be enough in the international practice to prove that this case is a political one as the president tells when to hand over the case, how many officers should be involved and all the rest," Uspaskich said.

The panel plans to hear Uspaskich, Vytautas Gpašys, and Vitalija Vonžutaitė and to rule by 21 December on whether to satisfy prosecutors' request to strip the trio of legal immunity.

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