Posts published in Day: November 30, 2019

Justice Minister suspects «high level» cover of illegal cigarette business

Saturday, November 30, 2019

Law enforcers’ failure to put a stop to circulation of illegal circulates raises suspicions about «high level» cover of this criminal activity, said Justice Minister Jānis Bordāns in an interview to LTV programme Rīta panorama. Bordāns says Riga Central Market is located next to one of the biggest police departments in the capital city, but this is no problem for dishonest traders to continue selling illegal cigarettes at the market…

President and prime minister both to miss Tartu university centennial event

Saturday, November 30, 2019

Neither President Kersti Kaljulaid nor Prime Minister Jüri Ratas (Centre) can attend Sunday’s University of Tartu national university centenary celebrations, ERR reports. While the University of Tartu was founded in 1632, the university became an Estonian-language institution in 1919. While guests from worldwide are set to attend the event, Estonia’s top two leaders have prior commitments, ERR reports, citing regional daily Tartu Postimees. President Kaljulaid has work duties abroad, ERR…

Lithuania elected to council of Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons

Saturday, November 30, 2019

Lithuania has for the first time been elected to the executive council of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), the Foreign Ministry said on Friday. Lithuania’s candidacy for the OPCW executive council for the 2020-2022 period was unanimously approved in The Hague earlier this week, the ministry said in a press release. In his speech, Vidmantas Purlys, Lithuania’s ambassador to the Netherlands, “noted that Lithuania regretted the…

Suspended sentences sought for former president and media owner in influence peddling case

Saturday, November 30, 2019

The public prosecutor is seeking suspended prison sentences for Lithuania’s impeached former president Rolandas Paksas and Gedvydas Vainauskas, the CEO of the media group Lietuvos Rytas, who are standing trial on influence peddling charges. Gedgaudas Norkūnas asked the court on Friday to sentence Paksas to three years and two months, to be suspended for two years and two months. The public prosecutor is seeking a three-year prison sentence, to be…