The 13 January Case on the Agenda of the EP Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs

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2021 02 22

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Juan Fernando Lopez Aguilar, Chairman of the Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs of the European Parliament, promised to the Minister of Justice Evelina Dobrovolska that the Committee would discuss the issue of persecution of prosecutors and judges who investigated the 13 January case. 

“In the context of all EU countries, we must strive to prevent third countries' attempts to violate our principle of rule of law, to interfere with the functioning of the judicial system of the EU Member States, so the attention of the President of one of the most important EP Committees Juan Fernando Lopez Aguilar is a strong signal that the decisions of a foreign state that are contrary to the principles of justice and democratic rule of law will not be tolerated”,  says E. Dobrovolska.

According to the Minister, Juan Fernando Lopez Aguilar supports Lithuania's aim to protect judges and prosecutors who investigated the 13 January case from politically motivated persecution of third countries and to seek common EU solutions.  

According to the Minister, the decision of the Russian Investigation Committee to initiate criminal cases for Lithuanian judges and to launch their international search amounts to exerting political pressure on our country.  

“We cannot allow the illegal detention and possible extradition of either Lithuanian or EU citizens.  These decisions of a foreign state directed against officials of another state are contrary to the principles of justice and democratic rule of law”, – says E. Dobrovolska.

After the appearance of public announcements about the accusations by the Russian Investigation Committee against three Vilnius Regional Court judges who issued the first instance ruling on the 13 January case, Ms. Dobrovolska raised the issue at the meeting with the EU Commissioner for Justice D. Reynders back in December. 

The Minister also called on Francisca Van Dunem, the Minister of Justice of the Portuguese Presidency of the Council, to give proper attention to this issue on the EU Council Agenda.