A Maltese staff member of the Euro-sceptical political group at the European Parliament (EP) has been dismissed from work for distributing controversial books about Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaitė to post boxes of EP members, the group's representative confirmed to BNS on Monday.

"This morning the person returned from sick leave. Disciplinary action has now been taken and the person has been notified of his dismissal," Kelly Herman of the Europe of Freedom and Direct Democracy group said.

The EP security division established that a member of the group's secretariat, Kevin Ellul Bonici of Malta, placed 700 copies of the book, Red Dalia, into post boxes of EP members together with a Russian citizen and a Moscow-born Polish citizen.

Lithuanian MEPs of the EFDD, Rolandas Paksas and Valentinas Mazuronis, said they had nothing to do with the distribution of the book. Rūta Janutienė, the author of the Lithuanian version of the book, said the book had been translated without her knowledge. The group also distanced itself from the incident.

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

Failed attempt in Seimas to make constitutional changes more difficult

Prior to starting deliberations regarding changes on the number of members of Seimas, Liberal...

Lithuania's LSDP party backs EU Commissioner in presidential election

Vytenis Andriukaitis , European Commissioner for Health and Food Safety, is leading the race for the...

Presidential election campaign kicks off in Lithuania

The campaign for presidential election in Lithuania officially started on Monday with seven candidates...

Ruling party moves to cut MP seats to 121

Lawmakers of the ruling Lithuanian Farmers and Greens Union (LVŽS) say that will table a new draft...

Health minister to table new hospital network reform amendments

Lithuanian Health Minister Aurelijus Veryga and several lawmakers said on Friday they are submitting...