Lithuania's Ignalina N-plant CEO suspected of abuse in asset auction probe
Lithuanian law-enforcement officials have brought formal suspicions against Darius Janulevičius, current CEO of the Ignalina Nuclear Power Plant (NPP), and another five persons, including Osvaldas Čiukšys, its former CEO, over a suspected non-transparent auction of the plant's assets worth over 1.5 million euros.
Suspicions of abuse and unlawful possession of radioactive materials were brought against these persons and information about this was forwarded to the government this week, she said.
According to information available to BNS, the suspects include Osvaldas Čiukšys, a former diplomat and director general of the Industrials' Confederation who held the job of CEO at the Ignalina NPP between March 2010 and April 2011.
Janulevičius, who has been at the plant's helm since early March 2013, could not be reached by BNS for comment.
Aurelija Vernickaitė, spokeswoman for Energy Minister Žygimantas Vaičiūnas, told BNS that the ministry was aware of the fact, adding that decisions would be made when the results of the ongoing investigation were known.
Law-enforcement officials opened their investigation regarding auctions of the assets of the shut-down Ignalina plant, which is undergoing decommissioning, back in 2015.