Former Lithuanian president Rolandas Paksas will be allowed to start in the 2012 presidential elections. This follows a verdict by the European Court of Human Rights.
In 2004, president Paksas was impeached and removed from power after the Lithuanian constitutional court found him guilty of abusing his position by granting Lithuanian citizenship to his sponsor Yuri Borisov. He was also accused of leaking state secrets to him. Even though he was later acquitted from the accusations, he still was barred from running for a seat in parliament and the presidency.
The European Court of Human Rights now decided that the Latvian constitutional court had lacked impartiality and exceeded its competences. Mr Paksas had not committed any deeds grave enough to be barred from entering a national political office in the future.
Shortly after the verdict was published, Paksas declared he would start in the 2012 presidential race. Since 2009, Rolandas Paksas is a member of the European Parliament and belongs to the group ‘Europe of Freedom and Democracy’ which is against an expansion of the competences of the European Union.