aA
The Lithuanian Prosecutor General's Office has asked the Seimas to lift the legal immunity of two lawmakers -- Mantas Adomėnas of the conservative Homeland Union - Lithuanian Christian Democrats (TS-LKD) and Naglis Puteikis, a member of the Peasant and Green Union's political group in the parliament -- in separate defamation cases.
Mantas Adomėnas
Mantas Adomėnas
© DELFI / Domantas Pipas

"There are requests to the Seimas -- by order of the court because these are private prosecution cases, not a pre-trial investigation -- regarding the removal of legal immunity for Adomėnas and Puteikis," Elena Martinonienė, spokeswoman for the Prosecutor General's Office, confirmed to BNS on Wednesday.

Dalia Venceviciene, spokeswoman for the speaker of the Seimas, also confirmed to BNS that such requests had been received.

The Vilnius Regional Court is asking the parliament to strip Adomėnas of immunity in a private prosecution for defamation brought by Rūta Janutienė, a journalist, over his statements about corrupt media. She is seeking 5,000 euros in compensation for non-material damage.

The same court is also asking for the removal of Puteikis' immunity in a private prosecution for libel brought by Kristina Apanavičiūtė–Šulikienė. The Seimas turned down the same request from the court during the previous legislative term.

Under the Constitution, a member of the Seimas enjoys immunity from criminal prosecution, which can only be lifted by the parliament.

Lithuania declares nationwide emergency due to coronavirus threat

The Lithuanian government declared on Wednesday a nationwide emergency in an effort to minimize...

Police chief in Kaunas Zukauskas sacked

Darius Zukauskas , chief of Kaunas County Chief Police Commissariat , has been dismissed from the...

Installation of Chinese CCTV in Kaunas raises security concern

The installation of a CCTV system produced by Chinese company Hikvision in Lithuania's...

Foreing ministry asks people to refrain from trips to Tenerife city

Lithuania's Ministry of Foreign Affairs has asked people to refrain from trips to the Tenerife...

Defense ministry moves to introduce 'official use' label in defense system

The Lithuanian Defense Ministry proposes to introduce the " official use " label for sensitive...

Top news

Lithuania declares nationwide emergency due to coronavirus threat

The Lithuanian government declared on Wednesday a nationwide emergency in an effort to minimize...

Coronavirus emergency may mean restrictions, release from obligations for firms

The Lithuanian government's decision to declare a state-level emergency due to the coronavirus...

Vilnius is 7th most accessible city in Europe

Vilnius came in 7th place beating many other European tourist hotspots.

Zalgiris: Friday's Euroleague match against Milan team to go ahead as planned

Friday's Euroleague match between Zalgiris Kaunas and AX Armani Milan in Lithuania's...

Installation of Chinese CCTV in Kaunas raises security concern

The installation of a CCTV system produced by Chinese company Hikvision in Lithuania's...