MP turning to prosecutors over sexual misconduct slander

Mykolas Majauskas

Lithuanian MP Mykolas Majauskas, a member of the opposition conservative group accused of sexual misconduct, says he is drafting an address to the Prosecutor General's Office over slander.

"I encourage everyone who feel affected to speak up. Throughout the difficult period, I was trying to be calm and maintain thorough respect to those who came forward. There were many accusations, which are fully ungrounded. Therefore, I am now turning to prosecutors with a request to scrutinize the information that has been published and open an investigation into slander," Majauskas said in a comment to BNS on Thursday.

The MP said he would file a motion to prosecutors shortly.

Majauskas earlier denied a testimony made by a young female in an interview with the Info TV station last Tuesday where she accused Majauskas of unwelcome sexual behavior toward her in his apartment more than five years ago.

The Prosecutor General's Office told BNS on Thursday it was still examining the address from the conservatives' leader Gabrielius Landsbergis who had asked to open a probe into the testimony.

Landsbergis said in his motion that in cases when an offense has a major impact on the society, criminal proceedings can be opened by a prosecutor, regardless of whether a plea had been received from the victim.

Majauskas said in a press release on Tuesday that he was suspending his membership in the conservative Homeland Union–Lithuanian Christian Democrats "until all doubts are dispelled." The lawmaker also said that he was planning to resign as chairman of the parliament's Commission for Suicide and Violence Prevention.

Source: BNS
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