Živilė Mikėnaitė, director of the Lithuanian Prison Department, has appealed to a court against the justice minister's decision to suspend her from duties.
Živilė Mikėnaitė
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"We believe that her suspension was unlawful and unjustified," Mikėnaitė's lawyer, Pranas Makauskas, told reporters on Thursday.

According to him, the justice minister provided no factual or legal arguments in her order to suspend Mikėnaitė.

The Prison Department's director and Edvardas Kviatkauskas, head of the Kaunas Remand Prison, were suspended from duties a month ago amid an in-house probe.

Justice Minister Milda Vainiutė made the decision based on information from law-enforcement bodies about possible irregularities at the Kaunas prison.

The Special Investigation Service (STT) declined to open a pre-trial investigation after Rasa Kazenienė, the Kaunas prison's chief accountant, turned to it over possible abuses and violations at the prison.

However, the STT sent the material on to several other authorities, including the Justice Ministry.

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