- November 30, 2012
The perpetrators of the incident at Rasos cemetery charged
The Prosecution General of Lithuania informed that five young radicals suspected of vandalising the Mausoleum of Józef Piłsudski at Rasos cemetery were charged with the incitement to hatred on the national background and desecration of the grave.
For the first offence they are liable to a fine, restriction of liberty, or imprisonment up to two years. For the second one they are liable to imprisonment up to three years.
Rita Stundienė, a press spokesperson of the Prosecution General, stressed that the suspects are members of an “unofficial ultra-nationalistic international organization”.
Different preventive measures are being taken towards the suspects. A few of them are under the police’s supervision and the rest had their ID cards confiscated.
On Wednesday Vilnius district police station informed that they had caught five suspects: J.M. (born on 1992), N.J. (born on 1991), E.B. (born on 1992), R.J. (born on 1993) and M.P. (born on 1985). The police carried out a search in their flats.
According to the police’s declaration, “during the search extremely significant evidences and documents for the case were found and secured”.
The investigation is supervised by the Regional Prosecutor’s Office in Vilnius.
On Saturday, on November 23, a poster reading “Tomaszewski, if you don’t stop doing harm to Lithuania, you’ll be buried here” was fixed next to the mausoleum of the heart of Józef Piłsudski and his mother. The perpetrators left also a cardboard box with inscriptions: “TNT”, “Beware of the bomb”, “Call the cops”, “Poles will die”.
Tłumaczenie Karolina Rolka w ramach praktyk w Europejskiej Fundacji Praw Człowieka, www.efhr.eu. Translated by Karolina Rolka the framework of a traineeship programme of the European Foundation of Human Rights, www.efhr.eu.