Lithuania's Justice Vice-Minister Raimondas Bakšys has tendered resignation on Monday.
Raimondas Bakšys
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"Under the current circumstances, I see no possibilities for proceeding with the reforms that have been started and achieving the political objectives that have been set," the vice-minister said in a press release.

Bakšys recently came under public criticism for stalling the efforts to scrutinize violations in the prisons system.

Rasa Kazėnienė, an employee of the Justice Ministry, has said that the vice-minister had halted the initiative of turning to the law-enforcement over violations that had been established at the Pravieniskes penitentiary.

Meanwhile, Skirmantas Malinauskas, adviser to Lithuania's prime minister, said the vice-minister had been using his influence to stall transparency processes.

Bakšys categorically dismissed the accusations, saying he had actively sought to restructure the prisons system. He stated that there was only a difference of opinions about the most rational handover of audit materials to the law-enforcement, adding that it was his idea to wait for the end of the audit before turning to prosecutors.

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