The Lithuanian Prosecutor General's Office said on Tuesday that prosecutors have completed their pre-trial investigation into a case in which Rolandas Paksas, a Lithuanian member of the European Parliament, and Gedvydas Vainauskas, CEO of the media group Lietuvos Rytas, are suspected of influence peddling, and have handed the case over to court.
Rolandas Paksas
© DELFI / Karolina Pansevič

The prosecutors suspect that Paksas "promised and agreed to accept" a 15,000-euro bribe from Vainauskas in 2015.

Paksas allegedly was to influence construction inspectors to authorize the opening of a new Norfa retail store in Prienai, a town in southern Lithuania.

It is suspected that a representative of Norfa and a company that built the store turned to Vainauskas, who then contacted Paksas, who at that time was chairman of the Order and Justice party, whose member Kęstutis Trečiokas then held the post Environment Minister.

Both Paksas and Vainauskas have denied the allegations, branding the case as politicized.

US court dismisses ex-Lithuanian judge's extradition appeal

A US court has dismissed an extradition appeal by Neringa Venckiene , a former Lithuanian judge and...

Survey: President tops popularity rating

Lithuanian President Gitanas Nauseda tops the popularity rating in the country, according to the...

Lithuania joins group of countries condemning Beijing's treatment of Uighurs

Lithuania has joined a group of countries condemning China 's treatment of the Uighur ethnic...

Vilnius mayor: government not pulling out of stadium project

Vilnius Mayor Remigijus Simasius says Lithuanian Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis has assured him...

New chief of defense: I am a realist and don’t dream about things we cannot have

Lithuania's incoming chief of defense , Major General Valdemaras Rupsys , says he will seek to...