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Lithuania considers to accept two Guantamano inmates

Lithuanian Minister of Foreign Affairs Mr Usackas announced that on February 4 Lithuania has received an official USA request to accept two Guantanamo prisoners.  The USA department maintains that the inmates will not cause any threat to the Lithuanian national security.

According to the Minister Lithuania will wait for those inmates to apply for a political asylum in Lithuania.  Mr Usackas would not disclose nationality of the inmates though later he assured that those inmates are not Chinese.  According to Delfi.lt the Chinese Embassy in Vilnius has asked Lithuania not to accept the Chinese inmates.  Some of the sources are saiying that they are Uzbeks.

The USA Embassy in Vilnius has issued a statement on Feb 12:
As demonstrated by President Obama’s order to close Guantanamo, resolving this issue is a high priority for this Administration.  As we have stated, we look forward to working with our international partners toward the shared objective of closing the Guantanamo Bay detention facility.  We welcome statements by Prime Minister Kubilius and Foreign Minister Usackas and are looking forward to discussing this issue with the Government of Lithuania.

The initial information about Lithuania’s resolve to accept the inmates was that Lithuania was ready to accept ten inmates.

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February 13, 2009 at 2:29 pm 1 comment

Lithuania could host at most 10 Guantanamo prisoners

As the BNS informed the Lithuanian Foreign Ministry will hold talks with the administration of the United States of America on Lithuania’s potential move to take in Guantanamo detainees.

The Foreign Ministry has been instructed in a State Defence Council session to consult on this issue with the US Administration, Foreign Minister Vygaudas Usackas on Feb 11 told the press.  The Minister said that “The Foreign Ministry was instructed to start consultations with representatives of the US administration over technical, legal and security aspects concerning the possibility of taking in a few of the Guantanamo detainees in Lithuanian territory”.
Mr Usackas added that Lithuania could host no more than 10 detainees, who “wouldn’t pose a threat to Lithuanian security and the public order”. This move is not planned to take place in the matter of the coming few weeks, the BNS informed.

MP Karosas, the Deputy Head of the Parliament’s Defence and Security Committee said that there are two possible consequences might come out of this Lithuania’s move.  On one hand acceptance of the inmates would strengthen USA Lithuanian partnership, on the other hand the fundamentalist terrorists might notice Lithuania, hence its security would be jeopardised.   

February 11, 2009 at 10:31 pm 1 comment

America will not forget Lithuania’s determination in taking in Guantanamo inmates

Guantanamo prisoner
This blog already mentioned about Lithuania’s first attempts to fight for President Obama’s attention.  Lithuania’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Mr. Usackas has mentioned that Lithuania could possible accept few Guantanamo inmates.  Then reaction from MP Kaseta followed that Vilnius has not discussed about this possibility yet.

Discussion has starter in Lithuania about possibly providing ‘hospitality’ to some of the Guantanamo inmates here.  Even the USA Ambassador to Lithuania Mr J. Cloud has entered the discussion by publishing an article in Delfi.lt on February 5 with a heading ‘America will not forget Lithuania’s determination in taking in Guantanamo inmates’.  He mostly referred to the Foreign Minister’s remarks, who starting to have his own agenda meanwhile running the Ministry.

Lithuanian Members of European Parliament, which on February 4 welcomed President’s Obama decision to close down the Guantanamo Bay Detention Camp and urged the European Union to be ready to take in detainees, but also are sceptical about this possibility, however all for different reasons.

Lithuania should opt against taking in Guantanamo inmates under some exclusive right, Social Democrat MEP Aloyzas Sakalas told BNS, adding that the Migration Department should keep in mind their potential affiliation with terrorists.

As the BNS writes it hasn’t been proven that they’re in no way connected to terrorist groups, Conservative MEP Vytautas Landsbegis explained his argument for maintaining a cautious position on hosting Guantanamo inmates. “My stance is one of caution. I don’t know whether Lithuania is prepared to examine those detainees. The fact that they’re not connected with the events of September 11 doesn’t at all mean they’re not connected with terrorist organizations. Their having seemed suspicious and gotten caught is already grounds for worry. I believe that Lithuania doesn’t need prisoners, whose affiliation with terrorists cannot be refuted, and there’s nothing to refute that at this point”.

February 6, 2009 at 5:34 pm 2 comments

Adamkus interview to the Swedish SR. Updated – ’We will try to expand lifespan of the old Ignalina nuclear plant’

Sveriges RadioThe Lithuanian President Valdas Adamkus gave an interview to the Swedish National Radio SR.

The main topic of the interview was a closure of the Iganalina Nuclear pant.  However, the president stated that there are signs that the European Union may consider Lithuania’s request to extend operation of the Ignalina N-plant after year 2009, by which time the plant should have been closed.

As the BNS noted the President said that “I’ve heard very encouraging first signals that they (EU – BNS) are considering reviewing some clauses. (…) Probably in the interest of Lithuania’s request, should it be submitted. (…) We can at the least start a dialogue”,.

The Lithuanian President said he sees no reasons why governments of other Baltic Sea region countries wouldn’t back Lithuania’s wish to extend the operation of the Ignalina N-plant. In the opinion of Adamkus, such actions would be egoistic and illogical.

Furthermore, Adamkus emphasized that the period between year 2009 and the time when the new N-plant – still in planning stage – would begin operations, would be of detriment to the development of Lithuania and the entire region and would further digress the country from European economic standards.

After the closing of the Ignalina N-plant, Lithuania would be at a shortage of 1.4 b kilowatt electrical power per year.

However, as the BNS informed the President notes that should Brussels decide against the extended operation of the Ignalina N-plant after all, Lithuania would apply its international undertakings. Lithuania committed to closing the Ignalina N-plant, which contains a Russian RBMK type reactor – deemed unsafe in the West – after its accession to the European Union (EU).

When talking about Lithuania’s joint plans with Latvia, Estonia and Poland to build a new power plant, Adamkus admitted that the process has been delayed; however didn’t agree that these intentions are only talks. The president noted that constructive preparation works are underway.

When asked whether the larger EU countries provide enough support to Lithuania in its relations with Russia pertinent to energy supply, Adamkus said he believes that there is enough support and understanding on Lithuania’s position.

Lithuania, just as its neighbours Latvia and Estonia, is referred to as the European Union (EU) “energy isle”, because it is entirely dependent on resource supply from Russia, and projects of links with the energy systems of Western Europe are still in the stage of discussions and negotiations.

The President also noted that his French colleague Nicolas Sarkozy is planning to visit Lithuania in the period of the next two months.

The French president was invited to visit the Vilnius Conference on Energy Security, which took place last Oct., however Sarkozy went to meet with Russia’s President Vladimir Putin at that time instead.  Asked to give his reaction to this Mr. President ironically noted that he could not compete with the Russian President.  He asked the journalist ‘If you got an invitation for an interview from Mr Putin and myself at the same time I would not doubt that you would chose to go to Moscow.  Lets be practical about it’.

Listen to the interview in English     

January 26, 2008 at 3:37 pm 2 comments

Detained suspect in Lithuanian murder case to be given over to Vilnius from Riga

Medininkai, Nikulin.  Source; Lrytas.ltAs the BNS noted a suspect in Medininkai border checkpoint murder case, Konstantin Nikulin, will be extradited to Lithuania.

This decision was made by Latvia’s Supreme Court, which dismissed Nikulin’s request to not be extradited to Lithuania.

Nimkulin should be given over to Lithuanian law enforcement over a period of three weeks.

As the BNS informed and this blog remained the suspect was detained by Latvian law-enforcement officers on Nov. 28 of last year, based on the European warrant for his arrest issued by Lithuania.

Latvia’s Prosecutor General’s Office had agreed to extradite the detained former OMON Special Purpose Police Squad hit man and one of the suspects in a case of manslaughter in Medininkai border checkpoint of eastern Lithuania, 40-year-old Konstantin Nikulin.

The BNS writes that the suspect in this 17 year-old case concerning the killing of seven Lithuanian officers and injuring of one, had appealed to Latvia’s Supreme Court regarding the decision to extradite him to Lithuania, therefore he remained in Latvia until the court reached its final verdict.

Nikulin, together with three other suspects, also ex-members of OMON – Aleksandr Ryzhov, Andrej Laktionov and Ceslav Mlynik – was wanted as suspect in a murder case.

The latter three suspects are Russian citizens, who reside there and are as of yet not accessible to Lithuania’s law enforcers.

After Latvia extradites Nikulin to Lithuania, the prosecution process can be started in Lithuania. According to Lithuania’s legislation, Nikulin will face life in prison for first-degree murder of more than two persons.

The Prosecutor General’s Office has been investigating one of the cruellest crimes committed in Lithuania — the massacre of the Medininkai checkpoint staff — for 17 years.

The BNS reminds that the pre-trial investigation has established that the first 7 police and customs officers of the independent Lithuania were killed and the sole survivor Tomas Šernas was grievously wounded as a result of doing their duty.

Stationed on duty on July 31, 1991, the men died of headshots from Kalashnikov assault rifles.  The data collected in the process of the pre-trial investigation allow the prosecutors to suspect that hit men of the former Soviet Union’s militia special operations unit OMON did the crime from Riga, who were visiting the OMON base in Vilnius on July 30, 1991.

Another group of militia from Riga’s OMON set off an explosive device at the headquarters of the 42nd division of the Soviet Union on L.Sapiegos Street in Vilnius on the very same night.

At the time of the investigation, the larger part of the rifles seized from the victims have been found.

The investigation of the manslaughter at Medininkai checkpoint is aggravated by the fact that the suspects and a lot of important witnesses reside in Russia.

The seven officers were believed to have been killed in Medininkai to cause confusion at the customs of the country that had just declared its independence. At that time, OMON hit men would quite often assault checkpoints and beat up officers stationed there.

Lithuanians were forced to act peacefully by the political circumstances of the time, and the culprits did not receive an adequate response.

There is available information that Medininkai check-point was chosen for the uncanny crime with personal revenge motives.

The BNS reminds that on the morning of July 31st of 1991, killers, who as of yet haven’t been tried, murdered border guards Antanas Musteikis, Stanislovas Orlavičius, Aras SWAT unit officers Algimantas Juozakas and Mindaugas Balavakas, road police employees Juozas Janonis and Algirdas Kazlauskas with shots to the head.

Police officer who experienced heavy injuries during the attack, Ricardas Rabavičius, died in the hospital Aug. 2nd. The sole officer who survived the attack was Tomas Šernas, who also experienced heavy injuries at the time of the attack.

January 21, 2008 at 9:20 pm 1 comment

Suspect in preeminent murder case of Lithuanian officers detained in Latvia

Medininkai, Nikulin.  Source; Lrytas.ltAs the BNS reported the Latvian Prosecutor General’s Office agreed to extradite Konstantin Nikulin, 40, former OMON Special Purpose Police Squad hit man and one of the suspects in a case of manslaughter in Medininkai border checkpoint of eastern Lithuania.

The suspect in this 17 year-old case concerning the killing of seven Lithuanian officers and injuring of one, has appealed to Latvia’s Supreme Court regarding the decision to extradite him to Lithuania, therefore he is to remain in Latvia until the court reaches its final verdict.

As the BNS announced the Chief-Prosecutor of Lithuania’s Prosecutor General’s Office Department of Organized Crime and Corruption, Algimantas Kliunka, announced this information in a press conference Thursday. Officers working in his department are investigating this resonant case.Latvian law-enforcement officers detained the suspect on Nov. 28 of last year, based on the European warrant for his arrest issued by Lithuania.

“Nikulin was member of the Special Purpose Police Squad’s group Delta-1. We suspect that members of this group are responsible for the murder of seven officers and attempted murder of one more”, Prosecutor Kliunka.

Nikulin was one of the top 16 most wanted individuals by Lithuanian police.

Nikulin, together with three other suspects, also ex-members of OMON – Aleksandr Ryzhov, Andrej Laktionov and Ceslav Mlynik – was wanted as suspect in a murder case.

The latter three suspects are Russian citizens, who reside there and are as of yet not accessible to Lithuania’s law enforcers.

He also noted that the prosecutor’s office is collaborating with secret informants and “leakage of some details could be potentially dangerous”.

Should Latvia extradite Nikulin to Lithuania, the prosecution process can be started in Lithuania. According to Lithuania’s legislation, Nikulin would face life in prison for first-degree murder of more than two persons.

The Prosecutor General’s Office has been investigating one of the cruelest crimes committed in Lithuania — the massacre of the Medininkai checkpoint staff — for 17 years.As the BNS further informs the suspects are expected to face the trial someday and will not evade the prosecution due to limitation, as the limitation period becomes suspended when suspects are hiding from pre-trial investigation.

The pre-trial investigation has established that the first 7 police and customs officers of the independent Lithuania were killed and the sole survivor Tomas Sernas was grievously wounded as a result of doing their duty. Stationed on duty on July 31, 1991, the men died of headshots from Kalashnikov assault rifles.

The data collected in the process of the pre-trial investigation allow the prosecutors to suspect that the crime was done by hit men of the former Soviet Union’s militia special operations unit OMON from Riga, who were visiting the OMON base in Vilnius on July 30, 1991. Another group of militia from Riga’s OMON set off an explosive device at the headquarters of the 42nd division of the Soviet Union on L.Sapiegos Street in Vilnius on the very same night.

The BNS remeinded that the investigation of the manslaughter at the Medininkai checkpoint is aggravated by the fact that the suspects and a lot of important witnesses reside in Russia.

The seven officers are believed to have been killed in Medininkai to cause confusion at the customs of the country that had just declared its independence. At that time, OMON hitmen would quite often assault checkpoints and beat up officers stationed there.

Lithuanians were forced to act peacefully by the political circumstances of the time, and the culprits did not receive an adequate response.

There is available information that Medininkai check-point was chosen for the uncanny crime with personal revenge motives.

January 10, 2008 at 8:45 pm 1 comment

Lithuanian border guards retain two Russian nationalist activists for illegal border crossing

K. Goloskokov and A. Dugin from NashiOnce Lithuania joined the Schengen are in 21 December of 2007 there were some concerns that the newly backed border will become a cross point for illegal immigrants from the Asian countries.  However, the first high profile illegal intruders appeared to be the political extremists from Russia.

As the Lietuvos Zinios daliy reported the Lithuanian border guards detained two activists of the Russian nationalist movement Nashi, for illegal crossing of the border. Last week the Lithuanian border guards, detained two Russian nationalist movement Nashi commissars Konstantin Goloskokov, and Anton Dugin after illegally crossing the border at the district of southern Lithuanian town of Varėna.  Following arrival to Belarus, the men attempted to enter Lithuania, with plans to get to Estonia. Their on-foot crusade to cross the border started on the evening of December 31. They crossed the country’s border at Varėna district, in the territory of Aleksandras Barauskas’ pike.

As the Lietuvos Zinios reported at about 1800, border patrol officers noticed the foot tracks of two people coming from the direction of Belarus and heading in the way of Kalviu village located in Lithuania. After having followed the footsteps for about 1 kilometre from the state border, the officers caught up to and detained the violators.  The intruders were initially detained for 2 days, after which, Varėna City Court allowed arresting the two men for the duration of two months.

The violators face a monetary fine, arrest or imprisonment for up to two years for illegal crossing of the border. Goloskokov and his comrade were on their way to Estonian capital Tallinn, where they were to participate in a ceremony at the so-called bronze soldier monument.  Since the Estonian government has rejected the visa applications of the “commissars” they decided to use all spoils of the Schengen agreement and once crossing the Lithuanian border to reach Tallinn undetected since all border checking between the three Baltic States don’t exist.

Well, they were unlucky same as the other registered 484 violations of the state border last year.  The amount of intruders deceased by 23 % since 2006 according to the State Border Guard press release.  As the press release states 623 attempts to illegally cross the Lithuanian border were recorded in 2006 and 805 in 2005. The statistics indicate that the efforts to enhance the border guard infrastructure by efficient instalment of various control instruments and modern security technologies has led to decrease in illegal border crossings for the third consecutive year.

Hence, it appears that the Eastern part of the Schengen are is in a good hands.  However, now we will have to wait for the official and unofficial Russian reaction, where the Lithuanian Border Guards will be portrayed as Nazi villains, who detained our heroes who made a sacrifice and instead of celebrating the New Years celebration they chosen to walk to Tallinn from Varėna!  The two commissars could well become the New Presidential campaign icons, since the Lithuanian media has warned that the Kremlin is ‘backing’ something for Lithuania.  

January 7, 2008 at 8:51 pm 2 comments

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