Suspicions brought against Lithuania’s Mg Baltic concern
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.