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Rolandas Paksas

The impeached former President of Lithuania, Rolandas Paksas, has this week been questioned in relation to a corruption case by the Special Investigation Service (SIS).

The anti-corruption body has already brought corruption charges against Gedvydas Vainauskas, one of the owners of the Lietuvos Rytas media group. He was questioned on February 29, immediately after Paksas met him for lunch in central Vilnius, OCCRP.org reports.

The SIS is investigating claims that Vainauskas asked Paksas to pressure members of his Order and Justice party, who control the Ministry of Environment, to issue permits needed to open a new Norfa supermarket in the town of Prienai.

Being a member of the European Parliament, Paksas is immune from prosecution, but has been assigned the status of a special witness, according to the STT.

Paksas unveiled to the media that the SIS had asked him about his relationship with Vainauskas and the Norfa retail chain, which is being investigated for alleged corruption.

OCCRP.org reports that Norfa has denied the allegations.

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