European Parliament lifts Lithuanian MEP Paksas’ immunity

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Rolandas Paksas

(BRUSSELS) – The European Parliament on Wednesday lifted the legal immunity of Lithuanian MEP Rolandas Paksas, reports LETA/BNS.

Lithuanian prosecutors in the spring of 2016 asked the European Parliament to strip Paksas of his immunity so that they could bring suspicions of influence peddling against the former leader of the Order and Justice Party.

They suspect that Gedvydas Vainauskas, CEO of the media group Lietuvos Rytas, offered a 10,000-euro bribe to Paksas for pressuring construction inspectors to authorize the opening of a new Norfa retail store in Prienai, a town in southern Lithuania.

Both Paksas and Vainauskas have denied the allegations, branding the case as politicized.

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