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Lithuanian ex-President: I left the post because of the refusal to deploy secret CIA prison

Former Lithuanian President Rolandas Paksas was removed from office in 2004 due to the fact that he refused to deploy secret CIA prison in the country. The former president and current MEP Rolandas Paksas told by himself about it. According to experts, behind the procedure of impeachment, ended in 2004 by Paksas’s resignation could well be standing the United States. Moreover, immediately after intractable politician’s resignation, under Vilnius was started a secret CIA facility, writes Kommersant.

As the newspaper notes, sensational confession Paksas made at the hearing in the Committee of National Security and Defense of the Lithuanian Parliament. On behalf of the current head of state Dali Grybauskaite deputies are investigating the secret CIA prison, that was operating on the territory of Lithuania in 2004-2005.

“From work for the presidential post I know that there was the desire to bring persons accused of terrorism in Lithuania” – said Paksas. According to him, in the spring of 2003, then head of the State Security Department (SSD) of Lithuania Mechis Laurinkus asked him a question, whether it’s possible to bring informally suspects the U.S. of involvement in terrorism in Lithuania. Herewith Laurinkus made it clear that a positive decision would be very helpful to “foreign partners”. As “Kommersant” recalls, Lithuania was actively knocking on NATO’s door at that time, and many politicians in Vilnius believed that to accelerate the process of joining the alliance they need some friendly gesture toward the country, playing first fiddle in the alliance.

Despite this, Paksas refused to accept SSD chief’s proposal. And six months later broke the largest in the history of Lithuanian political scandal that led to the impeachment of the president from office. Autumn 2003 Mechis Laurinkus, which by then was invited to go to the “honorary exile” as ambassador to Madrid, before leaving “leaked” dirt on Rolandas Paksas in the local media. He accused the president’s of being in close ties with Russia’s businessman Yuri Borisov and illegally granting Lithuanian citizenship in exchange for financing his own campaign.

In April 2004, when Lithuania was celebrating the entry into NATO, the country’s parliament voted for the impeachment of President Paksas. A little later, 20 km from Vilnius in the village Antivilay begin to operate the secret CIA prison.

“I think my fundamental answer, that this (the secret CIA prison) will not happen, and this anti-presidential coup is directly related to each other” – Paksas said at a hearing in Parliament.

Experts also believe that the impeachment of President Paksas was advantageous for the United States. First, many considered Paksas pro-Russia politician. Secondly, in late 2003, the U.S. secret services just lost secret prisons in Poland, where because of it erupted a scandal, and the CIA were in need of such a base in Europe. In Lithuania, only intractable President Paksas was preventing that. With his retirement, the obstacle was removed, the newspaper notes.

Source in Russian: newsru.com

Lithuanian ex-President said that he left the post due to the failure to deploy secret CIA prison in the country