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2015.09.08 13:45

Prosecutors ask police to freeze assets of Lithuanian 13 January coup suspects

(BNS) The Lithuanian Prosecutor General’s Office asked the Property Restitution Board of the Criminal Police to freeze all assets owned by former Soviet troops named as defendants in an ongoing case against individuals who attacked Lithuanian freedom defenders on 13 January 1991.

 (BNS) The Lithuanian Prosecutor General’s Office asked the Property Restitution Board of the Criminal Police to freeze all assets owned by former Soviet troops named as defendants in an ongoing case against individuals who attacked Lithuanian freedom defenders on 13 January 1991.

Elena Martinonienė, a spokeswoman for the Prosecutor General’s Office, confirmed to BNS on Monday that the request was filed.

Robertas Povilaitis, whose father Apolinaras Juozas Povilaitis was killed during the events of 13 January 1991, spearheaded the campaign to seek retribution from those involved in the bloody crackdown against Lithuanian freedom protestors.

Soviet military units stormed the Vilnius TV Tower and the Radio and Television Committee Building in the early hours of 13 January as part of an offensive that left 13 people dead and more than 700 wounded across Lithuania.

The pre-trial investigation listed 79 citizens of Russia, Ukraine, and Belarus as suspects. European Arrest Warrants have been issued. The suspects include former top-ranking officials at the Soviet Defense and Interior Ministry, the Defense Committee and activists of the Lithuanian Communist Party. They are suspected of participating in the attack on the Vilnius TV Tower, the Presidential Palace, the Radio and Television building and other landmarks in Vilnius and across Lithuania.

More than 1,000 Lithuanian residents were recognized as victims in the aftermath of the events.

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