Viewing cable 06VILNIUS67
Title: AMBASSADOR MEETS WITH NEW LITHUANIAN PROSECUTOR

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06VILNIUS672006-01-24 10:48:00 2011-08-30 01:44:00 UNCLASSIFIED Embassy Vilnius
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UNCLAS SECTION 01 OF 02 VILNIUS 000067 
 
SIPDIS 
 
DEPARTMENT FOR DEPT OF JUSTICE FOR DEBORAH GAYNUS 
STATE FOR EUR/NB, EUR/ERA (URBAN), EB/CBA 
 
E.O. 12958:  N/A 
TAGS: PREL PGOV KNEI ASEC LG LH
SUBJECT:  AMBASSADOR MEETS WITH NEW LITHUANIAN PROSECUTOR 
GENERAL 
 
 
Summary 
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¶1.  Ambassador Mull and Lithuania's new Prosecutor General 
Algimantas Valantinas agreed January 17 to continue close 
bilateral cooperation in law enforcement and legal 
assistance, particularly to surmounting problems that may 
arise in extradition cases.  The Ambassador thanked 
Valantinas for his office's assistance in favorably 
resolving the criminal case against two U.S. airmen in 
December.  The Ambassador identified three key areas for 
special attention in bilateral cooperation - action against 
1) trafficking in persons; 2) corruption; and 3) violations 
of intellectual property rights.  Valantinas said he would 
welcome closer cooperation on those fronts, particularly in 
obtaining any training that might be available and in 
improving direct communication with prosecutors in the U.S. 
The youthful Valantinas appears principled and energetic, 
but he will likely have problems increasing the success rate 
of a prosecutorial bureaucracy that has not been 
particularly aggressive in pursuing corruption.  End 
summary. 
 
Open Channels 
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¶2.   The Ambassador called on the newly-appointed Valantinas 
to brief him on extensive U.S.-Lithuanian law enforcement 
cooperation and to urge continued mutual support.  He noted 
that the U.S. and Lithuania had signed an extradition treaty 
in 2005, and had already put it to work in arranging the 
extradition of a Lithuanian suspect to face trial in the 
U.S.  He noted we remain hopeful that the United States 
would extradite suspected embezzler Gintaras Petrikas to 
Lithuania from Los Angeles, where he is now incarcerated, 
but noted that the court which had heard the case more than 
a year ago had still not made a decision.  Despite the 
occasional delays in cases such as this and the differences 
in our legal systems, the Ambassador and Valantinas agreed 
that the United States and Lithuania now have an excellent 
foundation for legal cooperation in fighting crime.  Both 
the Ambassador and Valantinas assured they would maintain 
open channels of communication in the event of any problems 
that develop in legal assistance.  Valantinas said it would 
be especially helpful to be able to communicate directly 
with prosecutors in the United States as problems arise in 
legal assistance cases, something the Ambassador said the 
Embassy would be pleased to facilitate. 
 
U.S. Airmen Case 
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¶3.  The Ambassador thanked Valantinas for his office's 
support in managing the criminal charges against two U.S. 
airmen accused of disorderly conduct in Vilnius in December. 
(Note:  In January, Valantinas's office agreed to our 
request to transfer jurisdiction in the case to U.S. 
military authorities.  End note).  Valantinas expressed 
regret that the process had lasted as long as it had, and 
expressed confidence that it had not damaged our bilateral 
relationship. 
 
E-PINE Cooperation in Law Enforcement 
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¶4.  Ambassador Mull briefed Valantinas on our eagerness to 
work with Lithuania within the framework of the Enhanced 
Partnership in Northern Europe (E-PINE) in confronting 
regional law enforcement threats.  The U.S. is particularly 
interested in law enforcement cooperation in the Nordic- 
Baltic region against: 1) corruption; 2) trafficking in 
persons; and 3) the violation of intellectual property 
rights.  He noted that each of these three spheres have 
important prosecutorial components, and invited Valantinas 
to delegate representatives of his office to participate in 
training and other programs on these topics.  Valantinas 
readily agreed. 
 
Comment:  A Good Start 
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¶5.  The youthful Valantinas seems committed to energizing 
his office, improving its performance, and taking a more 
principled stand in law enforcement.  But he will likely 
face a difficult task -- the office of the Prosecutor 
General has suffered in recent years from bureaucratic 
inertia and a less-than-stellar performance in prosecuting 
high-profile corruption cases.