Tainted ex-mayor of Kaunas allegedly seeking asylum in Belarus

Controversial Lithuanian politician Vytautas Šustauskas are going to claim political asylum in our country, e-media delfi.lt reported referring to television network LNK.

The 68-year-old former mayor of Lithunia’s second largest city of Kaunas currently studies the application procedure, the report said. “I have acquaintances and relatives there,” Mr Šustauskas was quoted as saying. “I cannot live in Lithuania any longer. I’m placed under pretrial investigation as soon as I touch something. You’re afraid of drinking water because it may be poisoned.”

According to the politician, 56 criminal cases have been initiated against him in the last 20 years, and he has paid 15,000 lits ($5,800 at the current exchange rate) in fines and served 30 days in jail. Known for his disparaging remarks about gays and Jews, he was arrested by police on July 27 for disorderly conduct prior to a gay pride parade in Vilnius.

At that, he would like to retain Lithuanian citizenship in the event of obtaining political asylum in Belarus. About a year ago, Mr Šustauskas announced his intention to seek political asylum in the United States.

Belsat, following BelaPAN