A Vilnius court has rejected the prosecutor's request to extend the remand of Raimondas Kurlianskis, vice-president of MB Baltic, one of the country's biggest business groups.
Raimondas Kurlianskis
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Kurlianskis, who is suspected of bribing politicians, will be released from custody on Tuesday, Kazys Pednyčia, his lawyer, told reporters after Vilnius District Court's hearing.

The court put the businessman under house arrest for two months and banned him from having any contact with Eligijus Masiulis, a former leader of the Liberal Movement suspected of accepting a bribe from Kurlianskis.

Prosecutor Justas Laucius, who sought a two-month extension of the remand period, said that he was considering appealing the district court's decision to the Vilnius Regional Court.

Kurlianskis was detained on May 12 on suspicions of bribery, influence peddling and unlawful possession of a state secret.

Law enforcement bodies suspect that MG Baltic's vice-president gave a bribe of €106,000 to Masiulis, who was then a member of the Seimas and leader of the opposition Liberal Movement, and sought to influence members of the ruling Labour Party via its first vice-chairman, Vytautas Gapšys.

Kurlianskis is chairman of the management board at the Laisvas ir Nepriklausomas Kanalas Group, the operator of several TV channels, and at Alfa Media, the operator of the Alfa.lt news portal.

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