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2020.02.21 15:27

Lithuanian intelligence agencies 'influencing' politics – MP

Jūratė Skėrytė, BNS2020.02.21 15:27

Security and defence committee at the Lithuanian parliament will look into the country’s intelligence services after an MP alleged unlawful interference in political processes.

MP Vytautas Bakas, the former chairman of the parliamentary Committee on National Security and Defence (NSGK), claimed that in 2019 "one of the executive institutions ensuring national security is collecting information about persons without a basis provided for by laws”.

The information on “alleged unlawful influence on the country's internal political processes” reached him when he was the chairman of NSGK,

The politician said he turned to the Prosecutor General's Office and the Special Investigation Service regarding potential criminal activity upon receipt of this information.

He was told on January 29 that a pre-trial investigation would not be launched. Bakas now believes the information he has should be investigated in the parliament.

The lawmaker didn’t reveal further details, citing the law on the protection of whistleblowers.

The Board of the Seimas will decide on whether to launch a parliamentary investigation next week.

Dainius Gaižauskas, the current chairman of the NSGK said the Prosecutor General's Office and the Special Investigation Service will be questioned by the committee.

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