Court in Lithuania softened measure of restraint for the opposition politician

Algirdas Paleckis is accused of spying for Russia.

As the representative of the court Vytautas Jonchas told TASS, the Siauliai District Court on Thursday made a decision to ease the preventive measure imposed on opposition Lithuanian politician Algirdas Paleckis, suspected of spying for the Russian Federation.

“The court agreed to satisfy Paleckis’s request to mitigate the intensive supervision regime applied to him”, – said Jonchas.

“According to the previously established requirements, Paleckis had to stay at his place of residence from 17:00 to 7:00 and not leave Vilnius. He applied to the court with a request to extend the period during which it is allowed to be outside the home, as he intends to start working, so additional time is needed to travel to and from work”.

The court established a new period of compulsory stay at the place of residence from 21:00 to 6:00.

Paleckis has been under arrest since October 2018 and was released on April 6 this year. There are two suspects in the case: former leader of the Socialist Popular Front Party, Paleckis, and businessman Deimantas Bertauskas. Paleckis declared that he was innocent, but did not refuse to testify. He insisted that the court hearings be open, as he considers the case to be fabricated and is sure that he will prove it.

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