Vilnius Regional Judge Stasys Lemežis has been removed from hearing the case of Lithuanian army paramedic Andrei Oshurkov who is suspected of having spied for Belarus.
Andrei Oshurkov
© DELFI / Kiril Čachovskij

The judge had sanctioned a pre-trial investigation action and, under the law, in such cases he cannot take part in the case hearing. He will be replaced by a new judge.

On Thursday, Vilnius Regional Court's jury of three judges planned to hear the case behind closed doors. Prosecutor Redas Savickas from the Prosecutor General's Office told BNS that when handing over the case to court he asked for it to be heard behind closed door due to the presence of classified documents in the case.

Ahead of the Thursday hearing, Judge Virginija Švedienė announced the case would be heard behind closed doors.

The Lithuanian State Security Department said last December that Osurkov was recruited by the Chief Intelligence Board of the Belarusian Armed Forces' General Staff and infiltrated into the Lithuanian army to perform specific tasks.

He is suspected to have provided information for five years and received financial reward for his services.

Surkov has pleaded guilty, his lawyer and relative Viktor Osurkov told journalists on Thursday following the first court hearing.

Leave a comment
or for anonymous commenting click here
By posting, you agree to terms
Read comments Read comments

Lithuanian, US, NATO battalion troops test new firing range in Pabradė

Lithuanian and American troops as well as soldiers from the Lithuania-based international NATO...

NATO jets in Baltic scrambled once to intercept Russian plane

NATO fighter jets, stationed in the Baltic states as part of the NATO air policing mission, were...

US Army deploys tanks, IFVs to Lithuania for training

The US Army's Abrams tanks and Bradley infantry fighting vehicles were on Friday transported to...

Defense Ministry moves to lower upper age limit for conscripts to 23 years (Updated)

The Lithuanian Defense Ministry proposes to lower the upper age limit for draftees for mandatory...

Croatia to rejoin NATO battalion in Lithuania in 2 years

Croatia plans to rejoin NATO 's multinational battalion in Lithuania in two years' time, the...