Concerned citizens can help to bring about a cleaner, fairer, corruption-free society by reporting acts of corruption, or suspected corruption, to the STT. The following guidelines are to help you decide whether you should make a report, how to go about it and what to expect if you do.
You can report cases of suspected corruption to STT at any time, 24-hour-a-day.
Q. Why? What will STT do?
A. The Special Investigation Service of the Republic of Lithuania is the main agency responsible for the investigation of civil service offences. In most cases, the Criminal Code of the Republic of Lithuania defines these offences as bribery, abuse of office, and non-feasance.
Q. Who should report corruption?
A. Anyone who knows, or has reasonable suspicions, about corruption-related criminal acts committed, being committed, or intended to be committed, should contact the STT. Reports can be made by anyone, regardless of their citizenship, age, social status, or any other factor.
Q. What is corruption?
A. An internationally-recognised guideline for estimating whether corruption exists in a situation, is whether or not someone is accepting an advantage against others.
Q. When should I make a corruption report?
A. As soon as you suspect a person of wrongdoing involving corruption. Don’t delay – a successful investigation may depend on gathering evidence while the trail is still warm. Don’t try to investigate yourself – unless you are a trained investigator, you may taint the evidence and spoil the chances of successful investigation.
Q. How can I make a corruption report?
A. Reports to STT can be made in a variety of convenient ways.
Vilnius, STT Administration Department (STT Complaints Division), A. Jakšto str. 6, Vilnius.
Kaunas Department, Spaustuvininkų str. 7, Kaunas.
Klaipėda Department, Pilies str. 12A, Klaipėda
Šiauliai Deaprtment, Vilniaus str. 140, Šiauliai.
Panevėžys Department, Vasario 16-osios str. 22, Panevėžys.
For contact information on STT employees responsible for services to visitors go to Contacts.
Complaints, reports and applications may be submitted to STT from Monday to Thursday between 08:00 and 17:00 and on Friday from 08:00 to 15:45. The lunch break is 12:00 to 12:45 daily. For those unable to file a report during normal office hours, the headquarters and field offices are also open for receiving reports on Wednesdays from 17:00 to 19:00.
The STT Director receives visitors every Thursday during working hours; the 1st Deputy Director is available every Wednesday. The Deputy Director receives callers on Tuesday. Visitors are welcome to call at STT headquarters, at A. Jakšto str. 6, Vilnius, on any working day, from 14.00 to 16.00. Please call (+370) 5 266 3335 for an appointment. Callers are also welcome at the Reception Office, STT Department of Corruption Prevention, Šermukšniu str. 3, Vilnius, every weekday during office hours. Contact telephone numbers: (+370 5) 266 3338, (+370 5) 266 3335.
Q, What information do I need to provide?
A. You will usually need to provide your name and residential address, for future contact. Also, the name and position of the person whose actions you are reporting, along with a brief description of any other relevant information such as the name of any institution involved, the location and circumstances of the corruption-related acts and any other people who may be able to provide evidence or help to substantiate the case.
Q. Can I make a report anonymously?
A. Occasionally, callers prefer to be anonymous, however, STT staff have a far greater chance of successfully following up reports if callers provide precise information not only about their concerns, but also identifying who they are. This also helps STT to check back with them as follow-up action develops.
Q. Should I try to gather evidence myself?
A. No, don’t try to investigate by yourself – you may taint the evidence and spoil the chances of successful investigation. STT officers have the professional expertise to investigate cases of corruption. As the person making the report, it will be most helpful to the investigation if you can provide a clear and detailed account of your experience, or reasons for suspecting corruption, and can assist with follow-up questions.
However, if you have in your possession any documents or other evidence, then you should retain these and pass them over to the STT investigators.
Q. What happens when I report corruption?
A. On average, initial calls to STT’s telephone hotline – the most common means of contact – involve callers spending around 10-15 minutes to provide the details necessary to start an enquiry. Signed reports submitted in writing receive a written reply.
Q. Is there any difference in the treatment of a whistleblower, depending on the way a report has been made?
A. No. STT values all information provided in good faith, by any means, by citizens who are willing to help in the fight against corruption in their society.
Q. Who will know I have been a whistleblower? How will STT contact me after I’ve made a report? Will I be embarrassed in front of my family, friends, or work colleagues?
A. STT staff members are highly experienced and sensitive to the identity concerns of anyone making a corruption report. If requested, they will ensure the confidentiality of all details and information provided to them.
Q. What happens after I’ve reported, non-anonymously, and I’m willing to testify?
A. Cases differ, but a typical case would involve the following procedures: statement(s); a pre-trial investigation; a trial; an appeal process.
Q. What happens if someone makes a false report?
A. The STT investigates all information it receives of alleged corruption. If, in the course of investigating a report, it is found that a person has been slandered or falsely accused of committing an offence, the person who made the report is liable to be charged with committing a criminal offence under Article 236 of the criminal Code of the Republic of Lithuania.