Raimondas Kurlianskis is also charged with bribery and trading in influence of member of the Seimas of the 2012-2016 term, first deputy of the chairperson of political party “Labour Party“ Vytautas Gapšys by giving him bribes for the total amount of € 27 100. A part of this sum was given in the form of a discount for the Labour Party‘s political advertising broadcasted via the TV media owned by the corporate group, while the other part was disguised as ‘support to public institution‘.
It is specified in the indictment that these bribes were given to Vytautas Gapšys for his promise to influence the then chairperson of the Seimas, members of the Budget and Finance Committee of the Seimas and members of the Labour Party in the Seimas so that they submit and vote in the Budget and Finance Committee of the Seimas and plenary sessions of the Seimas for political decisions which are favourable to the corporate group and adopt other political decisions favourable to the corporate group: when considering and adopting the consumer credit law draft, considering and adopting the profit tax law draft; also, for the influence on the members of the Labour Party in the Seimas in respect of the adoption of the resolution of the Seimas on the € 169 300 000 worth public and private sectors‘ partnership project “Road Vilnius – Utena“.
It is as well specified in the indictment that these bribes were given, inter alia, for the promise to influence the then Minister of Agriculture to adopt – during the allocation of the budgets for making public the projects to be implemented by the Ministry of Agriculture and the National Payment Agency for 2016 – decisions that would be financially favourable to the mass media owned by the corporate group. Furthermore – for the promise to influence the Minister of Agriculture to give order to the employees of the National Land Service to make a state land lease contract with the company managed by the corporate group on the long-term lease of a part of the state land plot.
It is argued in the indictment that Vytautas Gapšys received these bribes, inter alia, for the promise to influence the decision on the detention of the then general director of AB “Lietuvos geležinkeliai“ for another term; for the promise to influence the fraction‘s members in pre-conditioning the favourable results of the public procurements announced by the Ignalina nuclear power plant “Construction of Low-Level Radioactive Waste Disposal Facility“ and “Procurement of Works of Design and Construction of Sections of Engineering Structures and Their Connection to the Existing IAE Infrastructure“ and for the exclusive position and favouritism in future in the adoption by the Seimas of other political decisions that would be favourable to the corporate group. It is indicated in the indictment that, for the bribe, Vytautas Gapšys, inter alia, promised to influence the chairperson of the Committee on Health Affairs of the Seimas in respect of the appointment of a candidate specified by Raimondas Kurlianskis to the position of the chairperson of the National Health Council.
In the given case, former members of the Seimas Eligijus Masiulis and Vytautas Gapšys were charged with bribery (Art. 225 of the Criminal Code of Lithuania) and trading in influence (Art. 226 of the Criminal Code of Lithuania). Eligijus Masiulis was as well charged with unlawful enrichment (Art. 189 of the Criminal Code of Lithuania). During the search at the Eligijus Masiulis’ house, € 242 410, £ 130 and $ 1600 were found and seized. It is specified in the indictment that E. M knew that these assets could not be acquired by legal means as a part of these assets – € 106 200 had been accepted by him from Raimondas Kurlianskis as a bribe, while the remaining € 136 210, £ 130 and $ 1600 had been received by Eligijus Masiulis from unidentified sources of income; these funds have been neither declared nor supported by documents and they are not lawful income generated by the activity not prohibited by the legal acts.