Over 11 months of 2010, the Special Investigation Service (STT) was investigating 224 pre-trial investigation cases, which is 11 cases more than for the same period of the last year. However, officials identified 447 corruption-related offences, i.e. 17 per cent more than for the same period of the last year (389), and 30 per cent more suspects (268 and 208, respectively) who committed corruption offences, which are most latent and are most difficult to expose and investigate.
Such Service’s performance was presented today in the course of a discussion at STT on the occasion of the International Anti-Corruption Day.
“These figures show that STT’s investigations are becoming more complicated as 34 per cent of all cases investigated by STT this year can be assigned to the category of complicated cases. As compared with the same period in 2009, the number of complicated pre-trial investigation cases has increased by 52 per cent. 5 and more offences were identified, 5 or more persons were charged in the cases investigated. In addition, several complicated investigations arousing particular public interest were started.” – says Aidenas Karpus, the 1st Deputy Director of STT responsible for the criminal prosecution.
A. Karpus draws attention to the fact that the number of persons convicted of corruption-related offences has doubled this year. In January-November 2010, 75 persons were convicted and 7 persons were acquitted in the course of criminal cases whose pre-trial investigation was performed by STT. 35 persons convicted, 3 persons acquitted over the same period of the last year.
In January-November 2010, officials of STT Corruption Prevention Boar performed 8 corruption risk analyses: in management and other areas of Ministries of Economy, Education and Science, Medicines Control Agency under the Ministry of Health. Over the above-mentioned period, officials evaluated about 130 legal acts or their drafts, most of which are related to energy, construction and environmental protection sectors.
„Seeking to increase diversification of the anti-corruption evaluation of legal acts and to involve the academic community, this year STT has called universities to cooperate. Today, we are signing the agreement with Šiauliai University, and in the short term – with Mykolas Romeris and Vilnius Universities”, - says Romas Zienka, the Head of STT Corruption Prevention Council.
As stated by Darius Jagminas, the Head of STT Public Relations Division responsible for the anti-corruption education, there is great interest coming from educational establishments, anti-corruption education programmes are being actively integrated into study subjects and higher education curricula. Based on 2010 data, 800 Lithuania’s schools, 10 universities and 8 colleges give attention to the problem of corruption. Numerous creative competitions, discussions and debates are being prepared in Lithuania's schools on the occasion of the International Anti-Corruption Day.
According to Romualdas Gylys, the Head of STT Legal Division, in 2010 STT legal framework initiatives were related to the improvement of anti-corruption legislation, proposed were amendments of the Criminal Code, Criminal Procedure and Administrative Infringements Codes and Law on Prevention of Corruption related to extended confiscation of property, inspection of public servants and liability for the inappropriate provision of administrative services.