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
© DELFI / Domantas Pipas

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.

BNS
It is prohibited to copy and republish the text of this publication without a written permission from UAB „BNS“.

Parliament will not consider LRT ad ban bill

Lithuanian lawmakers decided on Tuesday not to consider a proposal to ban all advertising on the...

Nauseda backs Poland in judicial reform dispute with Brussels

Lithuanian President Gitanas Nauseda on Tuesday said he's against the proposal for the European...

Parliament approves e-residency status for foreigners

The Lithuanian parliament passed on Tuesday a legal amendment that will allow foreigners to obtain...

Ruling party's leader wins confidence vote

Ramunas Karbauskis , leader of the Lithuanian Farmers and Greens Union (LFGU), won a confidence...

Father: Paleckis banned from seeing family members

Algirdas Paleckis , former leader of the Socialist People's Front who is suspected of spying for...