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Fines for corruption in Lithuania may amount to thousands of euros, but the relatively low average is due to minor offenses being much more numerous than large-scale crimes, Rimvydas Norkus, president of the Lithuanian Supreme Court and head of the Lithuanian Judicial Council, said.
Rimvydas Norkus
Rimvydas Norkus
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"The statistics are such that the average sanction for acts of corruption is not very high and the public can ask why it is so. But statistics are a mean calculation. Statistically, a man and a dog have three legs, and we need to distinguish between minor and major corruption," he said on a LRT TV program on Monday.

According to the Supreme Court president, there have been corruption cases in which courts imposed fines of 28,000 euros and 35,000 euros on private individuals.

Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaite has tabled amendments to the Criminal Code to increase fines for all crimes and to tie fines for corruption crimes to the amount of damage done, of benefit received by perpetrators or of bribe paid.

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