Lithuanian prosecutors have decided to appeal against the court ruling to clear former commanders of the Soviet special militia unit OMON of charges, the Prosecutor General's Office said on Friday.
© Vida Press

"The Prosecutor General's Office disagrees with the interpretation and application of the international and national law provided by the court. Within the time-frame stipulated by the law, i.e., 20 day, prosecutors will file an appeal specifying the argumentation behind the disagreement with the verdict and requesting that it be revoked," reads the press release.

On Thursday, Vilnius Regional Court cleared former commanders of the Soviet special militia unit OMON, Boleslov Makutynovich and Vladimir Razvodov, of war crimes and crimes against humanity in 1991.

The court ruled that only state leaders were held responsible for aggression. Moreover, under international law, conviction for such charges is possible only in cases when the crimes were committed during a war or occupation.

The chairman of the panel of judges, Audrius Cininas, said the former OMON officers had not been linked with the January 13 coup or the Medininkai checkpoint massacre, nevertheless, evidence suggests they were involved in the "terrorizing and intimidation of army and customs officers of the country under development". In his words, the charges of crimes against humanity and war crimes did not conform to the international law.

BNS
It is prohibited to copy and republish the text of this publication without a written permission from UAB „BNS“.
Leave a comment
or for anonymous commenting click here
By posting, you agree to terms
Read comments Read comments

Overcoming of schisms goes further or the Ecumenical Patriarchate strikes back

The Patriarchate of Constantinople will expand its presence in Russia through the parishes of the...

Ukrainian, Lithuanian presidents meet on cooperation

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko and his Lithuanian counterpart Dalia Grybauskaitė met on...

Lithuanian, Ukrainian presidents to meet on security issues

Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaitė is to meet with his Ukrainian counterpart Petro Poroshenko...

Seimas committees condemn Russian aggression against Ukraine

The Committee on Foreign Affairs and the Committee on National Security and Defence of the Seimas...

Poland thanks Lithuania for naming Vilnius street after Kaczynski

Poland on Friday thanked Lithuania for naming a street in its capital Vilnius after late Polish...