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Title: LITHUANIA"S PROSECUTOR DROPS CASE AGAINST YITZHAK

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08VILNIUS8302008-10-07 08:13:00 2011-08-30 01:44:00 CONFIDENTIAL Embassy Vilnius
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SUBJECT: LITHUANIA"S PROSECUTOR DROPS CASE AGAINST YITZHAK 
ARAD 
 
Classified By: DCM Damian Leader for reasons 1.4 (b) and (d). 
 
¶1.  (U) On September 25, the Prosecutor's office issued a 
statement noting that, in the investigation into the 
"Vilnius" partisan squad's activities during World War II, 
the part of the investigation dealing with Yitzhak Arad's 
involvement, was closed due to a lack of evidence on 
September 19.  The statement said that the Prosecutor's 
office questioned 83 persons as witnesses, and 14 of them 
were determined to be victims of the partisan squad of which 
Arad was a member.  None of the witnesses identified Arad as 
being involved in any crimes. 
 
¶2.  (C) For more than two years, the Arad case had raised the 
ire of the international Jewish community, who viewed it as a 
smear against a hero who fought against the Nazis, fought for 
Israel's independence and security, and founded the Holocaust 
museum Yad Vashem.  The case was initiated, according to the 
Prosecutor's statement, "in May 2006 after notification 
(from) the Director General of the Genocide and Resistance 
Research Center of Lithuania."  Several sources, including MP 
Emmanuel Zingeris, have suggested to us that the case was 
started as revenge for Arad's research work into the role of 
Lithuanians who collaborated with the Nazis.  Arad had been a 
member of Lithuania's International Commission for the 
Evaluation of the Nazi and Soviet Occupation Regimes in 
Lithuania and was an expert witness in DoJ's Office of 
Special Investigations' cases against alleged Nazi 
collaborators of Lithuanian descent, including the Algimantas 
Dailide case. 
 
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¶3.  (U) This apparently brings to a close one of several 
contentious Jewish issues that the GOL has been slow to 
resolve.  We will continue to press the GOL to resolve the 
remaining issues, including the protection of the Snipiskes 
cemetery, communal property restitution legislation, 
increased anti-Semitic incidents, and an investigation 
involving other anti-Nazi partisans. 
CLOUD