Andrius Romanovskis, president of the Lithuanian Business Confederation (LBC), has filed a lawsuit against the state, seeking more than 200,000 euros for what he sees as illegal actions by law-enforcement officials.
Andrius Romanovskis
Andrius Romanovskis
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The state is represented in the case by the General Prosecutor's Office, the Special Investigation Service and the Justice Ministry.

Lina Nemeikaite, spokeswoman for Vilnius Regional Court, told BNS that in his suit, Romanovskis claims to have been subjected to illegal actions of investigation and criminal prosecution between 2008 and 2017, and seeks over 128,000 euros in pecuniary damages and over 100,000 in non-pecuniary damages.

Solveiga Paleviciene, Romanovskis' lawyer, confirmed to BNS that her client has filed the suit against law-enforcement bodies over the use of certain procedural coercive measures, such as criminal prosecution and arrest, which he sees as illegal, unjustified and prolonged.

Such actions by law-enforcement bodies violated Romanovskis' basic human rights, including his rights to privacy, freedom and presumption of innocence, according to the lawyer.

In October 2017, the Supreme Court of Lithuania upheld lower courts' rulings that acquitted Romanovskis and Vitas Matuzas, an MP charged and tried in the same abuse and fraud case, of all charges.

In the case, prosecutors tried to prove that Matuzas was the de facto head of a charity foundation, that business people who made donations to it received political support from him in the Seimas and that Romanovskis, a registered lobbyist, helped arrange the deals.

Romanovskis told BNS on Friday that the case has affected his family and his health.

"So far, I have not received any apologies or regrets, but I continue to feel that there is a wish to break me and judge me," the confederation's president said.

"I think it is important for me, as for every citizen, to believe that injustice must be corrected and mistakes redeemed," he said. "I still believe that the state has a duty to repay its debt of honor to me."

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