MG Baltic, one of Lithuania's largest business groups, maintained no relations with political parties, Darius Mockus, its owner, said in court on Monday.
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Mockus testified in a high-profile corruption trial involving MG Baltic, the Liberal Movement and the Labor Party.

"We did not maintain relations as such with parties," the group's owner told Vilnius Regional Court.

"The biggest links came automatically through (MG Baltic's) media group, because the media market is the closest to elected persons, that is, politicians," he added.

Raimondas Kurlianskis, MG Baltic's former vice-president, is on trial on a charge of bribing politicians in exchange of decisions favorable for the business group.

Other persons indicted on corruption charges include Eligijus Masiulis, the Liberal Movement's former leader, former Liberal MP Sarunas Gustainis and former Labor Party MP Vytautas Gapsys. MP Gintaras Steponavicius was charged with abuse of office.

Formal charges in the political corruption case were also brought against MG Baltic, the Liberal Movement, and the Labor Party as legal entities.

All defendants deny the charges, saying the investigation was biased.

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