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2020.01.17 16:09

Lithuanian President to veto asset seizure law

BNS2020.01.17 16:09

Ramūnas Karbauskis, leader of the ruling Lithuanian Farmers and Greens Union said on Friday that President Gitanas Nausėda will veto the civil asset forfeiture law.

The Lithuanian parliament adopted the law on Tuesday. The state could seize assets if the person is part of a criminal group, or is suspected, charged or convicted for crimes including human trafficking, robbery, extortion, as well as corruption crimes linked to smuggling and drugs.

"We agreed with the president that he will veto [the law] with amendments, and in that case we will be able to back that veto and adopt the law with amendments," Karbauskis told journalists at the Presidential Palace.

Assets could also be sized if their value does not match a person's legal income and the difference exceeds 100,000 euros.

Those in favor of the law say it will help to fight corruption. Critics, however, say the law will violate the presumption of innocence and will disproportionally restrict people's ownership rights.

The law was backed by 73 members of the Seimas.