Lithuania urged to overturn ban of former president from politics

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Authorities in Lithuania have been urged to lift a lifelong ban from holding political office on a former president accused of abuse of power.

The Lithuanian parliament removed Rolandas Paksas from office in April 2004 after the constitutional court found that he had unlawfully arranged Lithuanian citizenship for a Russian-born businessman.

In the same year the parliament amended the electoral law to introduce the lifelong ban on former leaders.

Mr. Paksas complained to the UN Human Rights Committee in Geneva saying the amendment was introduced to target him specifically and had been applied retroactively.

The Committee has recommended that the ban be overturned.

Derrick Mbatha, United Nations.

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