Posts tagged as Prison

Lithuania must ‘close the chapter’ on CIA prison

Monday, June 10, 2019

Justice Minister Elvinas Jankevicius said the country must “close the chapter” and prevent similar legal precedents in the future as he presented Lithuania’s actions in the suspected secret CIA prison case on Friday. The minister informed the Council of Europe’s Committee of Ministers in Strasbourg about Lithuania’s progress in executing the European Court of Human Rights’ ruling that the CIA operated a secret detention site for terror suspects in the…

Poland fights child abuse with prison sentences up to 30 years

Friday, May 17, 2019

Polish legislators have extended prison terms for convicted paedophiles to a maximum 30 years. The Catholic country’s child abuse scandals have been underscored by a new documentary on such crimes by Polish priests. French news agency AFP reported that on Thursday, May 16, Polish legislators voted overwhelmingly to support amendments to the criminal code that also introduces life sentences for the most dangerous paedophiles and remove a statute of limitations…

Lithuanian journalist reveals secrets of prison life

Thursday, May 16, 2019

“I’ve always wanted to live a normal life. I’ve only slipped once and I understand my fault. But I’m not an animal. I wouldn’t do to an animal what they do to people”. This is not a line from a movie script. This was the reality for prisoners in Lithuanian prison in Pravieniskes that was revealed by DELFI journalist Dainius Sinkevicius. “Imagine a zero and the hole in its belly.…

Estonia convicts ex-army officer, his father for treason

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

A court in Tallinn has convicted ex-officer of the Estonian Defence Forces, Deniss Metsavas, his father for state treason, finding them guilty of selling state secrets to Russian intelligence. Radio Free Europe reports that on Monday, February 12, the court ruled that 38-year-old Deniss Metsavas – until his arrest a major with the Estonian Army – and his father, 65-year-old Pjotr Volin, sold classified information to Russia’s military intelligence service,…

Lithuanian heroin gang moves significant quantities of drugs to Kerry

By Alan Kerry on Thursday, January 31, 2019

GARDAÍ IN KERRY believe that a Lithuanian heroin gang – suspected of carrying out an acid attack on a garda and which was previously active in the east of the country – have moved a large portion of its trade to the southwest of the country.  It is understood the organised crime group shifted its main focus to the southwest as successful garda operations continue to be launched against them…

Head of Lithuania’s Prison Department steps down

Friday, January 11, 2019

Robertas Krikstaponis, director of Lithuania’s Prison Department, is stepping down, Justice Minister Elvinas Jankevicius said on Friday. “He informed me last week about his decision to step down,” the minister told BNS Lithuania. Speaking with the Lietuvos Rytas daily on Thursday, Krikstaponis said he decided to step down following Jankevicius’ offer to join his political team. The justice minister told BNS Lithuania the ministry would find a position for Krikstaponis.…

Opinion: Lembergs’ political activities in the past decade were aimed at avoiding prison

By Simona Sjadite on Tuesday, November 27, 2018

«For more than ten years I’ve felt the influence of Aivars Lembergs’ network in politics. I’ve noticed a major difference between the government that was led by Laimdota Straujuma and the one led by Māris Kučinskis. The latter having affected matters of media – basically Kučinskis’ government has done everything it could to block all positive movements on the highest political level if only because this positive movement was not…

Lithuania decides not to appeal against ECHR ruling on CIA prison

Thursday, August 23, 2018

The Lithuanian government has decided not to appeal against the European Court of Human Rights’ ruling that Lithuania hosted a secret CIA detention facility.    “It was decided that it would make no sense to appeal the judgement to the Grand Chamber, because there are no legal criteria for that,” Karolina Bubnyte-Sirmene, the government’s representative at the ECHR, told BNS on Wednesday.  Although Lithuania has doubts about the standard for evaluating evidence used…

Latvian Government allocates EUR 2.3 mln for construction of training center for Prison Administration and Probation Service

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

The government today approved a EUR 2.3 mln allocation for the construction of a new training center for the Prison Administration and the State Probation Center personnel and a model block at Olaine Prison, reports LETA. The project’s total costs are estimated at EUR 15,294,118, of which 85% or EUR 13,000 would be provided by Norway Grants under the Correctional Services program, and Latvia would pay the remaining EUR 2,294,118.…