Prosecutors in Lithuania's second-biggest city of Kaunas said on Wednesday they had concluded their pre-trial investigation in the case of Neringa Venckiene, a former judge and lawmaker who was extradited from the United States last year.
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"Prosecutors are closing yet another pre-trial investigation and (...) prosecutor Darius Jakutis has already drawn up the indictment in the case in which Venckiene's status has changed from suspect to defendant," Darius Valkavicius, chief prosecutor at the Kaunas Regional Prosecutor's Office, said at a news conference.

The case will be handed over to Kaunas Regional Court, where Venckiene has worked in the past. It will be up to the court, which earlier recused itself from hearing the case, to decide what to do next.

Venckiene was remanded in custody on her return to Lithuania from the US in early November, but was several weeks later release on a 10,000-euro bail and placed under intensive supervision.

The former lawmaker was flown back to Lithuania from the US, where she had spent almost two years in a prison, on November 6. She is suspected of refusing to obey a court order, resisting a police officer, hindering a bailiff, and hitting Laimute Stankunaite, the mother of her niece, in the face.

Venckiene says the accusations are politically motivated.

She left Lithuania in 2013 after the Seimas stripped her of her immunity from prosecution.

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