2019.06.07 15:00

Lithuanian MP Gražulis encouraged bribery of Russian officials, prosecutors say

Jūratė Damulytė, BNS 2019.06.07 15:00

Lithuanian prosecutors suspect that MP Petras Gražulis , a member of the non-attached political group in Seimas, abused his official position by acting in the interest of Judex, a Kaunas-based producer of frozen products, interfering with activity of state officials, encouraging bribery of Russian officials and receiving financial benefit from Judex.

The suspected criminal acts are mentioned in Prosecutor General Evaldas Pašilis' letter to Seimas members, asking them to allow prosecuting Gražulis and restricting his freedom in other ways.

MP Gražulis says he does not believe he could discus bribes to Russian officials with representatives of Judex, a Kaunas-based frozen food company, and describes law-enforcement officials' allegations regarding his car lease as inaccurate. 

"There are a lot of lies there. It is a lie that I caused damage and illegally spent money on a car. All contracts are at the [Seimas] office. STT [the Special Investigation Service] took [the contracts], but did not add them to the case-file [...] All my bank transfers to the cent are available; all contracts are available," he told BNS on Friday. 

The letter states that Gražulis "violated the common human values enshrined in the Constitution, promoted legal nihilism, thus, breaching the oath of an MP, discrediting the name of a state official and state politician, a Seimas member, discrediting the authority of the Seimas as a nation's representation, causing major non-pecuniary damage to the state".

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