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2019.11.13 17:00

Commission decides on pardons following 'spy swap' law amendment in Lithuania

BNS2019.11.13 17:00

Lithuania's Pardon Commission decided on its recommendations to President Gitanas Nausėda on Wednesday, a day after an amendment detailing the president's right to pardon convicts in espionage cases took effect. 

The law amendment follows earlier media reports that Lithuania is planning a spy swap with Russia, which also includes a Norwegian citizen.

Read more: Moscow to return Norwegian citizen in Lithuania-Russia spy swap

"The president will issue a decree to pardon [certain persons] shortly," Antanas Bubnelis, Nausėda's spokesman, told BNS after the commission's meeting at the Presidential Palace.

The commission was to consider 123 pardon pleas. No names are revealed until the president's decree is issued and the pardon recommendations are confidential.

Read more: Lithuanian president signs 'spy swap' bill into law