A Lithuanian court has on Monday issued prison sentences ranging from 7 to 16 years to former criminal police officers from the country's northern city of Siauliai for the involvement in an organized criminal group.
© Shutterstock

They were found guilty of misappropriation of drugs during police searches, involvement in an organized group and other crimes, Jolita Gudeliene, spokeswoman for Panevezys Regional Court told BNS Lithuania.

Four officers who were not involved in the organized criminal group, as well as four civilians, were also sentenced. And four former police officers were acquitted due to lack of evidence.

The convicts also had their assets confiscated and the court also accepted civil lawsuits by legal and natural persons against them.

Elanas Jablonskas, the chief of the Police Department's Immunity Board, told BNS Lithuania that 14 out of the 18 persons convicted in this case were former police officers, including three police chiefs.

"Currently, all of the police officers either no longer work in the police or are suspended from service," he said.

The former police officers were accused of asset misappropriation, abuse of official position and exceeding authority, illegal possession of guns, ammunition, having the intention to distribute illegally acquired drugs, also of document forgery, false testimonies, false crime reports, and evidence forgery to launch criminal persecution against a person.

It's the first such case in the history of Lithuania's police.

The ruling can be appealed with the Court of Appeal within 20 days.

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

Defense Minister: there's no threat to Belarus from West

As Belarus voices plans to take countermeasures in response to the deployment of US troops in...

Amendment on spy swap pushes its way through parliament

The Seimas of Lithuania on Tuesday gave its initial backing to an amendment to the country's Penal...

Karbauskis: no longer clear if ruling block has majority

As a bid to remove Speaker of the Seimas Viktoras Pranckietis failed on Tuesday, Ramunas...

Parliament speaker survives no-confidence vote

Speaker of the Lithuanian Seimas Viktoras Pranckietis has survived a second no-confidence vote as...

Hodges: troops' arrival shows Lithuania can trust US despite 'mistake' in Syria

The deployment of a US battalion to Lithuania sends the message that Lithuanians can rely on...