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2015.09.08 13:45

Constitutional Court rules to continue Venckienė impeachment

(BNS) Lithuania’s Constitutional Court ruled on Wednesday that the impeachment case against MP Neringa Venckienė wanted by the law enforcement should be continued.

 (BNS) Lithuania’s Constitutional Court ruled on Wednesday that the impeachment case against MP Neringa Venckienė wanted by the law enforcement should be continued.

The request to adjourn the case was filed to the Constitutional Court by Venckienė’s state-appointed lawyer Eimantas Šiurpša.

In his words, the case cannot be heard without Venckienė’s presence, and he cannot represent her interests, as he has not had an opportunity to contact his defendant.

After launching the impeachment procedure, the Seimas asked the Constitutional Court to conclude whether Venckienė’s absence from meetings of the parliament and its structures runs counter to the Constitution. Venckienė has not appeared at the Lithuanian parliament for over a year since the parliament revoked her legal immunity on April 9 of 2013.

Prosecutors want to charge her with Venckienė five counts of criminal deeds – refusal to execute a court order, impeding a bailiff from performing her duties, insult of a court, resistance to police officers and abuse of her rights as a child’s guardian.

Lithuania has sent a request for legal assistance to the United States, the presumed country of the MP’s current residence.

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