2019.05.30 08:56

Former head of Vilnius hospital suspected of bribery

BNS 2019.05.30 08:56

Prosecutors have brought bribery suspicions against Kęstutis Strupas, a former director general of Vilnius University Hospital Santaros Klinikos, one of Lithuania's major hospitals.

The Vilnius Regional Prosecutor's Office has discontinued the part of its investigation regarding abuse of office, but has brought bribery suspicions against the former director, it said on Wednesday.

The prosecutors also decided to conduct a separate pre-trial investigation into bribery suspicions, according to the press release.

Last year, law-enforcement officials launched a large-scale investigation into suspected abuse and corruption in Santaros Klinikos.

As part of the investigation, which is still ongoing, suspicions have been brought against 14 individuals, including two current employees and a former employee of Santaros Klinikos.

Investigators suspect that Strupas demanded illegal financial remuneration, disguised as financial support, from businesses winning public procurement contracts. Romualdas Kizlaitis, the director of the hospital's Informatics and Development Centre, mediated in the suspected scheme.

The amount of the alleged illegal remuneration varied between 3 and 5 percent of the value of the contract.

Officials also suspect that part of the support was used for private purposes, rather than for the hospital's needs.