Sus­pi­cions brought against Lithua­nia’s Mg Baltic con­cern

The Baltic Times - - BALTIC NEWS - BNS/TBT Staff

The Lithua­nian Spe­cial In­ves­ti­ga­tion Ser­vice (STT) has brought sus­pi­cions of in­flu­ence ped­dling and bribery against MG Baltic, one of the largest con­cerns in Lithua­nia op­er­ated by Dar­ius Mockus, STT chief Saulius Ur­banavi ius an­nounced last Fri­day.

“Of­fi­cers of the Spe­cial In­ves­ti­ga­tion Ser­vice have brought bribery and in­flu­ence ped­dling sus­pi­cions against a le­gal en­tity – one of the largest con­cerns in Lithua­nia. The pre-trial in­ves­ti­ga­tion in the case of po­lit­i­cal cor­rup­tion, re­vealed suf­fi­cient fac­tual data for rea­son­able sus­pi­cions that the le­gal en­tity com­mit­ted crim­i­nal deeds – in­flu­ence ped­dling and bribery,” the SIS said in a press re­lease.

Last year, Lithua­nian law-en­force­ment opened a probe into in­flu­ence ped­dling and bribery fol­low­ing the de­ten­tion of the Lib­eral Move­ment’s for­mer leader Eligi­jus Ma­si­ulis. He is sus­pected of tak­ing a bribe of over 100,000 eu­ros from MG Baltic Vice-pres­i­dent Rai­mon­das Kurlian­skis for the po­lit­i­cal party’s op­er­a­tions for the ben­e­fit of the busi­ness group.

The Spe­cial In­ves­ti­ga­tion Ser­vice also said it sus­pected Kurlian­skis of at­tempted bribery of the Labour Party via its mem­ber Vy­tau­tas Gap ys into work­ing for the con­cern’s ben­e­fit.

MG Baltic is one of Lithua­nia’s largest groups op­er­at­ing al­co­hol, me­dia, real es­tate, cloth­ing re­tail, con­struc­tion, lo­gis­tics, in­for­ma­tion tech­nolo­gies and telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions busi­nesses. In 2015, its rev­enue from sales to­talled 539 mil­lion eu­ros, while net prof­its stood at 22.3 mil­lion eu­ros, up by 66.1 per cent from the year be­fore.

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