The Special Investigation Service's (STT) Vilnius Department has brought charges against the Order and Justice political party over suspicions of influence peddling and money laundering.
Rolandas Paksas, the leader of the Order and Justice party
© DELFI / Karolina Pansevič

The suspect political party, as a legal entity, is facing suspicions after a large-scale pre-trial investigation into possible organised influence peddling launched in late 2014.

The STT reports that investigators have collected sufficient evidence to support their suspicions that criminal activities were performed with the purpose of getting illegal benefits for the party.

The activities of the Order and Justice party as a legal person are currently not under any restrictive measures.

The pre-trial investigation was launched following suspicions that private business companies could have covered part of the 147,000 LTL (€42,000) cost of the Order and Justice party-supported Pirk Dramblį event. The aim of this arrangement was for the party to influence officials from the Ministry of the Interior so that they would act in the favour of certain interested businesses during public procurement procedures.

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