Transcripts of tapped phone calls between the prime minister and several members of the Lithuanian government were released to the public Tuesday, sparking a major scandal.
Rolandas Paksas, a former president of Lithuania who was impeached in 2004, was questioned Monday by Lithuania’s Special Investigation Service (STT) in connection with a bribery case.
Lithuania has granted refugee status to one of the fugitive brothers-in-law of Kazakh billionaire Mukhtar Ablyazov, reported Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL).
Two high-ranking Lithuanian officials have now resigned over a scandal about buying food for the poor at outrageous prices.
Viktor Uspaskich, a member of the European Parliament and a former multi-millionaire, was sentenced to four years in prison for fraud in 2013. This week three judges overturned that conviction on appeal.
Two Lithuanian men have been sentenced to 3.5 years in jail each by the Kings Lynn Crown Court for cheating two fellow countrymen who were starved and forced to work for low wages, according to a news release.
The Lithuanian government is about to spend € 16.4 million (US$ 17.8 million) on feeding the poor. However, an inquiry by 15min.lt reveals that some of the products are being bought at inflated prices.
Police in Lithuania’s central Kaunas county announced Tuesday that a record seizure of cocaine has been made after discovering the drug mixed in with shipments of coal.
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