The European Parliament's Committee on Legal Affairs has asked Lithuanian Prosecutor General Evaldas Pašilis to attend hearings on stripping MEP Rolandas Paksas of his immunity in an influence peddling case.
Rolandas Paksas
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"I can confirm that the prosecutor general has been invited to present the facts regarding the ongoing pre-trial investigation. In the parliament's practice, this is an exceptional occurrence," Robertas Pogorelis, the European Parliament's spokesman in Lithuania, told BNS on Thursday.

Lithuanian prosecutors last spring asked the European Parliament to lift the immunity of Paksas. They suspect that Gedvydas Vainauskas, CEO of the media group Lietuvos Rytas, offered a 10,000-euro bribe to Paksas for pressuring construction inspectors to authorize the opening of a new Norfa retail store in Prienai, a town in southern Lithuania.

Both Paksas and Vainauskas have denied the suspicions against them, branding the case as politicized.

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