Former Vice President of the now-renamed conglomerate 'MG Group', Raimondas Kurlianskis, continues to make headlines as he navigates the murky waters of corruption charges. Serving a six-year sentence at Kaunas Prison, Kurlianskis has been embroiled in a complex legal battle with the Lithuanian justice system, with the saga taking a new twist last week when the Court of Appeals upheld his conviction.
Appeals Court Upholds Conviction
As part of his penalty, Kurlianskis is required to pay a hefty fine of over 18,800 euros. In a move that further underscores the gravity of his crimes, the court has also banned him from holding any prominent positions in both the public and private sectors for five years. This prohibition extends to media organizations, effectively sidelining Kurlianskis from the spheres of influence he once inhabited.
Despite the court's decision, Kurlianskis remains undeterred. Through his lawyer, Simonas Slapšinskas, he has filed an appeal to the Supreme Court. He has also requested a suspension of the sentence's execution, a move that suggests a determined fight-back. Vytautas Gapšys, another character in the high-profile case who was sentenced to five and a half years, has also pursued a similar legal path.
Eligijus Masiulis Also Appeals
Eligijus Masiulis, a controversial figure entangled in the same case, has also decided to challenge his verdict in the Supreme Court. His appeal includes three alternative requests: the annulment of the appellate decision, a new trial by appeal, or a stay in the execution of the sentence. Both Kurlianskis and Masiulis are, thus, seeking to halt the execution of their sentences until their appeals are reviewed by the Supreme Court. The unfolding events serve as a stark reminder of the far-reaching implications of corruption and the relentless pursuit of justice.