EX-CEOS among sus­pects in Al­stom bribery case

The Baltic Times - - SPOTLIGHT -

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.

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