Viewing cable 05VILNIUS1004
Title: EXTRADITION REQUEST FOR DARIUS RAMANAUSKAS

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05VILNIUS10042005-09-22 09:55:00 2011-08-30 01:44:00 UNCLASSIFIED Embassy Vilnius
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UNCLAS VILNIUS 001004 
 
SIPDIS 
 
STATE FOR L/LEI--K. PROPP AND M. GUILANI AND EUR/NB 
JUSTICE FOR OIA--D. GAYNUS 
 
E.O. 12958: N/A 
TAGS: CJAN KCRM SNAR LH
SUBJECT: EXTRADITION REQUEST FOR DARIUS RAMANAUSKAS 
 
REF: STATE 170839 
 
¶1.  This cable addresses reftel request for information 
regarding the extradition of Lithuanian citizen Darius 
Ramanauskas on narcotics charges. Post assesses the 
likelihood that Lithuanian authorities might use torture to 
extract testimony from Ramanauskas as highly doubtful, 
especially given the public nature of the Daktaras case.  We 
note that the Lithuanian constitution specifically prohibits 
torture, as well as inhuman or degrading treatment or 
punishment.  The USG's Lithuania Country Report on Human 
Rights Practices points out that the police at times beat or 
otherwise physically mistreated detainees, but that the 
number of such reported incidents has declined over the past 
few years. We note further that we have been unable to 
substantiate any previous claims of torture in Lithuania. 
 
¶2.  Post has no reason to suspect any political motivation 
in Ramanauskas's case, nor do we have any indication that 
his testimony is being specifically sought.  The Lithuanian 
constitution provides for an independent judiciary, and the 
government respects this provision in practice. We have no 
knowledge of any Lithuanian court cases being prosecuted 
solely on the basis of political considerations. 
 
¶3.  In reference to Ramanauskas's case, co-conspirator 
Enrikas Daktaras was arrested on April 9, 2003 in a joint 
operation by U.S. and Lithuanian law enforcement officers. 
Daktaras and three other Lithuanians were suspected of 
sending drugs and counterfeit dollars in the United States. 
We are aware of at least two other suspects who were also 
arrested by U.S. authorities in the United States.  The USG 
has a clear interest in the prosecution of Daktaras and any 
co-conspirators.  Enrikas Daktaras was convicted on 
narcotics and counterfeiting charges and is currently 
serving a six-year prison sentence.  Given Daktaras' 
extensive criminal record, the ongoing investigation by 
Kaunas police is not surprising. 
 
MULL