The Lithuanian Constitutional Court decided on Thursday to open MP Kęstutis Pūkas' sexual harassment impeachment case in his absence.
Kęstutis Pūkas
© DELFI / Paulius Garkauskas

Pūkas has presented a medical certificate to the court to justify his absence and is represented by his lawyers, Giedrė Maksimaitytė, the Constitutional Court's spokeswoman, told BNS.

Also present in the court are MP Dovilė Šakalienė, the head of a special parliamentary commission that has concluded that there are grounds for launching impeachment proceedings against Pūkas, as well as the commission's office staff and witnesses.

The hearing is being held behind closed doors.

The Seimas back in May asked the court to give its opinion on whether Pūkas violated the Constitution, but the process was not opened due to the lawmaker's illness, which also stalled the parliament's hearing of Prosecutor General Evaldas Pašilis' request to strip the parliamentarian of his immunity in a case in which he is suspected of sexual harassment and violation of the rules for keeping firearms.

Prosecutors say that four women's testimonies and information gathered as part of the pre-trial investigation provide reasonable grounds to suspect that Pūkas between January and February 2017 sexually harassed persons subordinate to him.

Pūkas, who was elected to the parliament on the Order and Justice list, says that his political opponents are behind the impeachment efforts.

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

Prosecutor charges Paksas of agreeing to take bribe for his party

The public prosecutor in the influence peddling trial of Rolandas Paksas and Gedvydas Vainauskas ,...

I will stand for president election in any case, Paksas says - media

Rolandas Paksas , the former leader of Lithuania's Order and Justice party and now a MEP, say he...

Seimas takes step toward allowing Paksas to run in elections

The Seimas has made another step towards opening the way for Lithuania's impeached former president...

Seimas to decide on overhaul of party subsidies

The Lithuanian parliament plans on Thursday to make a final decision on an overhaul of the model of...

Seimas to debate amendments allowing Paksas to run in elections

The Seimas plans to debate on Thursday draft constitutional amendments that would pave the way for...