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2020.02.13 15:39

Court sanctions Turkish construction company in Kaunas over debts

Austėja Masiokaitė-Liubinienė, BNS2020.02.13 15:39

The Turkish company Kayi Construction has had 41,500 euros of its assets frozen by a court over debts to a supplier. The company was contracted to reconstruct a stadium in Lithuania's Kaunas before the city cancelled the deal.

Kayi Construction has also attracted media attention after its Turkish workers protested unpaid wages.

Kaunas Regional Court issued the order on Wednesday at the request of Kauno Kranai (Kaunas Cranes). The local cranes services provider claims 41,100 euros in debt, interest and penalties from the Turkish company, Milda Bučnytė, the court's spokeswoman, told BNS.

The Turkish company can appeal the decision to the Lithuanian Court of Appeal within a week.

In December, over 50 Turkish workers staged a protest rally at the Darius and Girėnas Stadium construction site, claiming the company owed each of them between 7,000 and 12,000 euros in unpaid wages.

Read more: Turkish workers and supporters march in Kaunas over fair pay

Last month, Kaunas Municipality announced it was cancelling its contract with Kayi Construction which was renovating the Darius and Girėnas Stadium. The contractor was failing to meet its obligations, the city said.

Read more: Kaunas cancels contract with Turkish company after workers' strike

The Turkish company has contested the decision to cancel the contract in court.