The Lithuanian Special Investigation Service carried out searches at the home and office of Labour Party MP Vytautas Gapsys this morning as part of a probe into political corruption.
Vytautas Gapšys
© DELFI / Mindaugas Ažušilis

Law-enforcement sources suggested that the raid was linked to the ongoing bribery investigation into MG Baltic vice-president Raimondas Kurlianskis, who is currently in detention on the suspicion of corruption.

The raid today was prompted by allegations that the MG Baltic vice-president Kurlianskis tried to attempt to influence the Labour Party's members via Gapsys to work for the benefit of the company.

The Labour Party is part of the current ruling coalition government in Lithuania.

Valentinas Mazuronis, the leader of Lithuania's ruling Labor Party, said that he wanted to hear from Gapsys what he had to say on the claims before he made any judgement.

"First of all, I would like an opinion, and explanation or something like that from Vytautas Gapsys to assess the situation and I would like to know a bit more about what is going on," Mazuronis said.

Prosecutors said they would question Gapsys as a special witness – a status which is granted in Lithuania when there is evidence of a possible crime but before it is possible to bring charges against the individual. Gapsys enjoys legal immunity as an MP.

Seimas Chancellor Daiva Raudoniene refused to comment on the raids.

"I cannot comment on this information," she said.

Former Liberal Movement leader Eligijus Masiulis has already stepped down from his post after an investigation was launched into allegations he accepted a €100,000 payment from MG Baltic.

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