aA
Lithuania's opposition Homeland Union – Lithuanian Christian Democrats (conservatives) plan to launch interpellation procedure against Defence Minister Juozas Olekas, a social democrat, over suspected fraud in the army's public procurement contracts.
Juozas Olekas
Juozas Olekas
© DELFI / Domantas Pipas

An inspection has revealed that the Lithuanian army has signed a contract with a private company to procure kitchen utensils at eight times their market value.

"What is the group that is so successful under the Social Democratic rule, what links does it have – personal or party-affiliated? These are the questions we want to get answers to. The story of 'golden' forks and subsequent strands requires very clear answers, which we must get here in the Seimas (parliament). The only way for the opposition to get the answers is interpellation, we are working on it," opposition leader Andrius Kubilius told journalists at the parliament on Wednesday.

Interpellation is a parliamentary procedure where members of the cabinet must provide answers to a formal enquiry by MPs, followed by a vote of confidence.

On Tuesday, Lithuania's Public Procurement Service said the Armed Forces had bought various types of kitchen utensils at a price that was eight times above the market price from Nota Bene company.

Commenting on the information, President Dalia Grybauskaitė said that laws "do not stipulate a possibility to steal," calling for Olekas to take responsibility for the deals.

The Social Democrats' leadership have expressed confidence in the minister.

BNS
It is prohibited to copy and republish the text of this publication without a written permission from UAB „BNS“.
|Populiariausi straipsniai ir video

Remains of political prisoners in Kazakhstan to be reburied

Lithuania plans to rebury the remains of political prisoners buried at the Rudnyk Cemetery in...

Military training restrictions eased as COVID-19 situation improves

Lithuania is easing military training restrictions as the coronavirus situation in the country is...

Group of MPs propose granting asylum to Hong Kong people

A group of Lithuanian lawmakers representing different political groups in the country's parliament is...

Free movement between Poland and Baltics to be restored next week

Free movement between Poland and the Baltic states will be resumed next week, Lithuanian Prime...

7 new coronavirus cases in Lithuania

On Thursday, Lithuania has detected 7 new coronavirus cases. Overall, there have been 1694 COVID-19...

Top news

Free movement between Poland and Baltics to be restored next week

Free movement between Poland and the Baltic states will be resumed next week, Lithuanian Prime...

Candidates list of social democrats for upcoming Seimas election approved

The presidium of the opposition Social Democratic Party of Lithuania on Thursday approved the...

airBaltic plans to resume flights to London, Dublin and Dubrovnik but has no permits yet

Latvian airline airBaltic says it plans to resume flights from Vilnius to London and Dublin in...

7 new coronavirus cases in Lithuania

On Thursday, Lithuania has detected 7 new coronavirus cases. Overall, there have been 1694 COVID-19...

Foreign minister: EU's external borders unlikely to open until late June

The European Union 's external borders may remain closed until late June, Lithuanian Foreign...

|Maža didelių žinių kaina