EX-CEOS among suspects in Alstom bribery case
In cooperation with the UK law-enforcement, the Lithuanian Special Investigation Service (STT) is conducting a large-scale corruption and bribery investigation involving, among other things, a 200-million-euro project carried out by France’s engineering group Alstom at the Lithuanian Power Plant in Elektrenai and 43 million euros worth of reconstruction of the Kaunas hydro power plant, STT spokeswoman Renata Saulyte has confirmed. STT on Wednesday, March 15, carried out searches at the homes of Rymantas Juozaitis, a former CEO of Lietuvos Energija (Lithuanian Energy), and Pranas Noreika, a former CEO of Lietuvos Elektrine (Lithuanian Power Plant). So far, no detentions were made. According to STT, there are suspicions that offenses of large-scale corruption and bribery were committed during the implementation of high-value international projects at the-then Lietuvos Elektrine and Lietuvos Energija between 2004 and 2009. The Alstom Group several years ago was charged in the UK with corruption in Lithuania. Lietuvos Energijos Gamyba (Lithuanian Energy Production), formerly Lietuvos Elektrine, said in 2014 that UK bodies had asked in 2013 for information on projects launched at the power plant in 2005 and involving Alstom as a contractor.