2019.07.26 17:30

Lithuanian President to sack senior judge suspected in major corruption case

BNS 2019.07.26 17:30

Lithuanian President Gitanas Nausėda has initiated the dismissal of Konstantinas Gurinas, a Court of Appeals judge suspected in a large-scale judicial corruption probe.

On Friday, the president asked the Judicial Council to advise him on dismissing Gurinas for discrediting the profession.

Gurinas is one of eight judges suspected in the case. The other seven are Egidijus Laužikas of the Lithuanian Supreme Court, Viktoras Kazys and Valdimaras Bavejanas of the Court of Appeals, Henrichas Jaglinskis of the Vilnius Regional Court, Arūnas Kaminskas of the Vilnius Regional Administrative Court, Gintaras Čekanauskas of the Kaunas Regional Administrative Court, and Robertas Rainys of the Vilnius City District Court.

The president's office did not comment on Friday whether Nausėda would initiate the dismissal of other judges suspected in the probe.

The president needs the parliament's approval to remove judges of the Supreme Court and the Court of Appeals from office. MPs' approval is not needed for the head of state to sack other judges.

A total of 48 people, including six attorneys, are suspected of various corruption crimes in the probe.

Law-enforcement officials suspect that bribes ranging from €1,000 to €100,000 were paid or promised to judges in exchange for favourable rulings. The total sum of such bribes may have reached €400,000, based on the pre-trial investigation materials.

Some suspects have publicly denied any wrongdoing.