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Fresh chief of FCIS Kęstutis Jucevičius found guilty of breaching professional ethics

Kęstutis Jucevičius
Juliaus Kalinsko/15min.lt / Kęstutis Jucevičius
Šaltinis: BNS

Lithuania's Chief Official Ethics Commission ruled on Tuesday that the newly-appointed head of the Financial Crimes Investigation Service, Kęstutis Jucevičius, confused public and private interests by signing a document on his credibility.

"The commission decided that by signing a document to the Special Investigation Service that specified FCIS had no information about his lack of his credibility, FCIS director Kęstutis Jucevičius, in capacity as acting director of the service, failed to comply to the requirement stipulated in Paragraph 2 of Article 3 of the law, which stipulates that individuals should act in a way that would not raise any questions about a conflict of interests," the commission said on its website.

When signing the document on 19 March, Jucevičius already knew he had won the competition for the top FCIS position and was aware of the purpose of the collection of information by the Special Investigation Service, reads the press release.

In the commission's opinion, Jucevičius could have and should have removed himself from the action and notified the minister of interior affairs about the conflict of interests.

Spokeswoman for Interior Minister Artūras Melianas, Ramunė Hazir, told BNS that the minister was refraining from comments for now.

"The minister will comment on the decision after receiving information and studying the argumentation," Hazir said.

The Chief Official Ethics Commission was approached by the parliamentary Anti-Corruption Commission over Jucevičius' conduct.

Jucevičius was appointed to head the Financial Crimes Investigation Service in the end of March after then interior minister Raimunas Palaitis designated him to the post regardless of the call from Prime Minister Andrius Kubilius to postpone the procedure amid doubts in the official's reputation.

Meanwhile, President Dalia Grybauskaitė said she did not have any factual negative information about Jucevičius.

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