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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Genocide Law Altered




VILNIUS, Lithuania -- Lithuania's parliament amended its criminal code Tuesday to allow individuals suspected of genocide to stand trial regardless of their state of health, a parliamentary spokesperson said.


The spokesperson said 64 deputies supported the amendments, one abstained and none opposed them.


Prosecutors said the changes meant that the case of alleged war criminal Aleksandras Likeikis, 90, could be brought to court as early as next month.


"The amendments will allow us to press charges against Lileikis and pass his case to court," Prosecutor General Kazys Pednychia said.


Lileikis is accused of handing over scores of Jews to Nazi death squads when he headed the Vilnius branch of the Lithuanian Security Police during the 1941-1944 German occupation of the Baltic state.