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The European Parliament's Committee on Legal Affairs on Tuesday discussed the request from Lithuanian prosecutors to lift the legal immunity of Lithuanian MEP Viktor Uspaskich, the founder of the Labour Party, to put him on trial for fraud and insulting court.
Viktor Uspaskich
Viktor Uspaskich
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After the closed meeting, Uspaskich told BNS he had asked the members of the committee to keep his immunity. Uspaskich said he did not know the date of the decision.

The EP had once already revoked the politician's legal immunity in in 2010. The prosecutors' request then took 14 months to process.

Uspaskich regained his immunity after being elected as a member of the new term of the European Parliament last July.

In July 2013, a Vilnius court found Uspaskich guilty of fraud and fraudulent bookkeeping and sentenced him to four years in prison. Uspaskich denies his guilt and is calling the whole process politically-motivated. The sentence can come into force only after the Court of Appeals' ruling.

Prosecutors also want to charge him for insulting a court.

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