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2014.07.22 10:25

Lithuania turns to European Parliament to strip MEP Uspaskich of legal immunity - again

BNS | DELFI | The Lithuania Tribune2014.07.22 10:25

Lithuania's acting Prosecutor General Darius Raulušaitis on Monday turned to European Parliament President Martin Schulz with a request to take away the immunity from prosecution of Lithuanian MEP Viktor Uspaskich. The Lithuanian Court of Appeals is currently hearing a fraud case against him.

Lithuania's acting Prosecutor General Darius Raulušaitis on Monday turned to European Parliament President Martin Schulz with a request to take away the immunity from prosecution of Lithuanian MEP Viktor Uspaskich. The Lithuanian Court of Appeals is currently hearing a fraud case against him.

"The appeal process cannot be finished without the European Parliament's decision on stripping Uspaskich of his legal immunity," the Prosecutor General's Office said in a statement on Monday.

The European Parliament already lifted Uspaskich's legal immunity in 2010. The processing took 14 months to accomplish. However, Uspaskich regained his immunity from prosecution on 1 July, after being re-elected to the European Parliament.

Last July, Vilnius Regional Court found Uspaskich guilty of fraud and fraudulent bookkeeping and sentenced him to 4 years in prison. Uspaskich filed an appeal, denying his guilt and calling the whole process politically-motivated.

The sentence can come into force only after the ruling from the Court of Appeals.

BNS