Us­pas­kich back in Lithua­nia's Labour Party

The Baltic Times - - FRONT PAGE - BNS/TBT Staff

MEP Vik­tor Us­pas­kich, the founder of the Labour Party and a long-term mem­ber of the po­lit­i­cal force, has re­turned to the Labour Party. "Kedainiai had a coun­cil meet­ing of its branch last Thurs­day (July 20) and ac­cepted him back to the party," the Labour Party's cur­rent leader, Sirv­in­tos Mayor Zivile Pin­sku­viene, con­firmed.

Us­pas­kich ceased mem­ber­ship in the Labour Party in De­cem­ber of 2015, but sent in a mem­ber­ship ap­pli­ca­tion to the party's Kedainiai branch in July this year.

At a meet­ing with the party's mem­bers in Kau­nas in April, Us­pas­kich urged his party fel­lows to bring changes to the party and re­place its lead­er­ship.

Us­pas­kich founded the Labour Party in Oc­to­ber of 2003 and served as its leader un­til 2013, with a brief in­ter­rup­tion. In 2013, a Vil­nius court found him and a few other mem­bers of the party guilty on book­keep­ing fraud charges. The politi­cian was then sen­tenced to four years in pri­son.

Dur­ing the hear­ings of the case in the Court of Ap­peals in De­cem­ber of 2015, Us­pas­kich an­nounced plans to leave the Labour Party. The ap­pel­late im­posed him a fine of 6,800 Eu­ros for book­keep­ing fraud, a ver­dict up­held by the Supreme Court.

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