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Lithuanian ex-politician imprisoned for spying in favour of Russia

Source : 112 Ukraine

Accused denies his guilt, claiming he is persecuted for political reasons
12:11, 28 July 2021

Algirdas Paleckis
DW.com

Lithuanian District Court of Šiauliai found the ex-politician and diplomat Algirdas Paleckis guilty of espionage for Russia. He was sentenced to six years in prison, DW reports.

The verdict is not final, it can be appealed in the Court of Appeal of Lithuania. The Prosecutor General's Office demanded a nine-years sentence in prison for Paleckis.

According to the police, from February 2017 to October 2018, Paleckis collaborated with a representative of the Russian special services and other citizens of the Russian Federation. At the same time, for a monetary reward, they collected information about the judges and prosecutors of Lithuania.

Accused denies his guilt, claiming he is persecuted for political reasons.

Related: Russia’s ‘Ukrainian spy’ mania gathers pace and new victims in occupied Crimea

To note, in December 2018, Lithuania announced an investigation into the case of possible espionage in favor of the Russian Federation. The suspects were "a whole network of individuals", including the former leader of the Socialist People's Front Lithuanian party Algirdas Paleckis. 

Paleskis was a member of the Parliament of the Republic of Lithuania Seimas in 2004-2007 and was one of the negotiators on Lithuania's accession to the EU. From 2007 to 2008, the politician was the vice-mayor of Vilnius. In 2008, he created the Socialist People's Front party, which he left in early 2020.

Related: Russia’s ‘Ukrainian spy’ mania gathers pace and new victims in occupied Crimea

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