Panel suggests turning to court over Klaipeda councilor's partisan statements
A special municipal impeachment commission on Friday suggested turning to court over the statements of Viačeslav Titov, a Russian Alliance councilor in the Lithuanian port of Klaipėda, on a Lithuanian partisan leader.
The politician might be removed from his position for his false statements that Lithuanian partisan leader Adolfas Ramanauskas-Vanagas allegedly killed innocent civilians.
The commission states in its conclusion there's a basis for turning to the Supreme Administrative Court of Lithuania for it to rule whether Titov breached his councilor's oath. The whole council is set to vote on turning to court over the issue.
"The commission believes Titov's actions were conscious and tendentious as he based his statement on Ramanauskas-Vanagas on a single source, the 1957 ruling of the Supreme Court of the Soviet Republic of Lithuania, whish is not deemed legitimate, ignored other legal acts and court rulings which stated that Ramanauskas-Vanagas was innocent to the Republic of Lithuania and his all rights are restored," the commission conclusion reads.
If the court rules that Titov did breach his councilor's oath, the council will need the backing of at least two thirds of council members to strip Titov of his mandate.
Titov says he based his statements on Soviet court information and feels persecuted from his opinion.
Historians say, however, any research of the partisan resistance in Lithuania cannot be based on Soviet information only as KGB files are full of false information aimed at smearing partisans.
Lithuanian prosecutors are carrying out a pre-trial investigation into Titov's statements.