MEPs call on Russia to stop illegitimate prosecution of Lithuanian judges
Russia should stop illegitimately prosecuting Lithuanian judges and EU countries should refuse any legal assistance, says European Parliament.
- Russia should end politically motivated prosecutions of Lithuanian judges
- Member states and Interpol should ignore Russia’s requests for arrest warrant
- More cooperation and consistency needed across the EU towards Russia
In the text adopted by 493 votes in favour, 43 against and 86 abstentions on Thursday, MEPs call on Russia to end the politically motivated prosecution of Lithuanian judges and prosecutors who found 67 Russian, Belarussian and Ukrainian citizens guilty of war crimes against Lithuania, following the events of 13 January 1991 in Vilnius.
Parliament denounces Russia’s actions as “unacceptable external influence”, “politically motivated” and a violation of fundamental legal values, especially the independence of judiciary.
MEPs ask all member states to not transfer any personal data to Russia that could be used in criminal proceedings against Lithuanian judges as well as to refuse Russia’s requests for related legal assistance. EU countries and Interpol should also ignore all international arrest warrants against the accused Lithuanian officials", they say.
They also call for EU member states to be more consistent in their policies towards Russia.
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