Uspaskich back in Lithuania's Labour Party
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.