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2023.01.23 11:43

Conservative MP resigns from Lithuanian parliament, investigated over sexual abuse

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LRT.lt, BNS 2023.01.23 11:43

Kristijonas Bartoševičius, member of the Lithuanian parliament, Seimas, has asked to be relieved of his duties.

“I am resigning for personal reasons,” Bartoševičius told BNS on Monday.

The MP, who was elected with the list of the conservative Homeland Union-Lithuanian Christian Democrats (TS-LKD) party, has asked the Central Electoral Commission to revoke his mandate.

His seat will be taken over by Vilius Semeška who is next in line in the party’s electoral list.

“We thank you for your work in the Seimas, we wish you good luck and we are waiting for the next colleague of the group on the list – Vilius Semeška,” Radvilė Morkūnaitė-Mikulėnienė, leader of the TS-LKD parliamentary group, told BNS.

Investigation of serious crime

After Bartoševičius’ announcement, the Prosecutor General’s Office released a statement, saying it has asked the parliament to strip the MP of his legal immunity due to suspicions of a crime.

According to Prosecutor General Nida Grunskienė, the politician is investigated under Article 150 of the Criminal Code, which concerns sexual assault, and Article 153, which is about sexual abuse against a minor.

LRT.lt has approached Bartoševičius for comment. The politician said he had not been aware of the Prosecutor General’s request to strip him of legal immunity.

Bartiševičius also told LRT.lt that he was not aware about the investigation and that suspicions against him were “unfounded”.

“No one has questioned me. Probably because the MP’s immunity doesn’t let them do it,” he said, reiterating that his resignation from the parliament was not related to the investigation.

Asked whether he would give evidence to prosecutors, he said: “Of course I will talk [with prosecutors], if there’s a need.”

No formal suspicions have been brought against him yet.