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The Lithuanian Supreme Court on Thursday quashed the conviction of Vytautas Vasiliauskas, a former Soviet state security officer sentenced for genocide.
the European Court of Human Rights
the European Court of Human Rights
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The ruling of the plenary session of the Supreme Court follows a decision by the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) in which the Strasbourg Court gave its opinion on the application of the notion of genocide in examining cases connected with the annihilation of partisans.

The case against Vasiliauskas and Martina Žukaitienė, who had been sentenced together, was dropped after both of them passed away.

Judge Olegas Fedosiukas stated that the court ruling does mean rehabilitation of both individuals, adding that the ruling lists Vasiliauskas as having served in a n occupational structure that carried out repressions.

In 2004, Vasiliauskas was convicted along with another former Soviet security agent, Žukaitienė, in a trial of massacre of querrilla. Žukaitienė was sentenced to five years in prison, while Vasiliauskas was sentenced to six years, however, they were both dismissed of actual jail term due to frail health.

Prosecutors had established that Vasiliauskas and Žukaitienė assisted in the attack of a guerrilla bunker in the Sakiai district on Jan. 2 1953. Lithuanian guerrilla Jonas Astrauskas and Antanas Astrauskas were shot dead during the attack.

In its revocation of the verdict, the plenary session of the Lithuanian Supreme Court noted that the indictment against Vasiliauskas had not been properly worded. The man was found guilty by this and other courts on charges of genocide in an effort to annihilate people belonging to a certain social or political group – guerrillas who were fighting the Soviet regime.

Both the European Court of Human Rights and the Constitutional Court have ruled that international legal standards limit genocide to actions aimed at full or partial annihilation of a national, ethnic, racial or religious group rather than social and political groups.

The Lithuanian Supreme Court said the inconsistency could be revised by relevant correction of the indictment, however, this is not possible with regard to a diseased individual.

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