aA
Lithuania's law-enforcement have completed the pre-trial investigation into the 1.5-million-euro auction organized by the Ignalina nuclear power plant (NPP) in 2014. Abuse suspicions were brought against six individuals, including Ignalina's current CEO Darius Janulevičius, former CEO Osvaldas Čiukšys and former former head of the commercial division, Lauras Puslys.
Ignalina NPP CEO Darius Janulevičius
Ignalina NPP CEO Darius Janulevičius
© DELFI / Domantas Pipas

Čiukšys and Puslys are also suspected of unlawful possession of radioactive substances.

The Special Investigation Service said the case would go to court after the suspects study the investigation materials.

The Energy Ministry, which the NPP reports to, has provided no comment on the situation so far.

Panevėžys prosecutor Dalia Markauskienė who was in charge of the investigation said the probe was not only extensive but also very complicated, as it focused on corruption allegations of top-level N-plant executives and businessmen in a company of strategic importance to national security.

"It is a large-scale investigation, the case materials consist of more than 30 volumes of documents," Markauskienė said in a press release.

The Competition Council's probe revealed that the companies involved in the auction to sell radioactive copper ferrous scrap , including Germany's Sypra and Norvesta, a Raseiniai company that went bankrupt earlier this year, had formed a cartel and were Wednesday imposed respective fines of 27,100 euros and 27,500 euros.

Lithuania's law-enforcement had suspicions about the 2014 auction to sell 2,000 tons of radioactively contaminated copper tubes, whose winner was a possibly pre-selected company, Sypra.

Janulevičius has been serving as the Ignalina facility's CEO since early March of 2013 after heading a bankrupt investment company Hermis Capital. Čiukšys, a former diplomat, headed the company between March of 2010 and April of 2011.

Abuse of office is punishable by fine or up to seven years in prison, while unlawful possession of radioactive substances is punishable by arrest or up to four years in prison.

BNS
Naujienų agentūros BNS informaciją skelbti, cituoti ar kitaip atgaminti visuomenės informavimo priemonėse bei interneto tinklalapiuose be raštiško UAB "BNS" sutikimo neleidžiama.
|Populiariausi straipsniai ir video

Famous Lithuanian poet Navakas dies

Famous Lithuanian poet Kestutis Navakas died on Sunday at the age of 55.

Another original copy of Feb 16, 1949 declaration found (1)

Staff members of the Lithuanian Special Archives have found another original copy of the Declaration...

Linguists: Lithuania needs to accept life with English language and change law (1)

Lithuania's Law on State Language needs to be amended and adapted to the existing reality, linguists...

February in Kaunas: theatre and dance

The January blues is over, and Kaunas is ready to rumble. Our cultural institutions are busy...

Zebriunas’ film “The Girl and the Echo” to be screened in France

Arūnas Žebriūnas ’ film The Girl and the Echo (1964) was acquired for distribution in France ....

Top news

Kazakh student got “Vilnius” tattoo and honed cooking skills

Having won a Lithuanian State Scholarship , Kazakh student Adil Karim from Almaty came to...

President proposes nine legislative initiatives for Seimas spring session

Lithuanian President Gitanas Nauseda has proposed including nine legislative initiatives into the...

Experience Lithuanian culture: Užgavėnės in Kaunas

In Lithuania, we call the holiday Užgavėnės, which can be loosely translated into ‘Before fasting...

Leader in gaming and VR platforms to undergo major expansion in Lithuania

Unity Technologies , creator of the world’s most widely used real-time development platform for...

Vietnamese student feels happy living in Vilnius: back home I wear mask every day

Vietnamese student Tri Huynh Viet Minh from Saigon is full of curiosity. Having won a scholarship...

|Maža didelių žinių kaina