| Audrius Butkevičius |
|Born||24 September 1960|
|Member of||Institute for Statecraft|
Lithuanian politician and fellow of the Institute for Statecraft
In 2007, he was elected to Vilnius City Council.
In the late 1990s, Butkevičius was under the suspicion of fraud. On 12 August 1997 he was apprehended by the Lithuanian secret service agents in a hotel lobby while accepting 15,000 US dollars. After a brief explanation, he was permitted to leave. On 14 August criminal proceedings were instituted against him. He was eventually arrested on 28 October, whereupon he was imprisoned and sentenced to five and a half years in jail. He was released on 20 March 2000.
Subsequently, he appealed to the European Court of Human Rights. He stated that his detention was unlawful and that Articles 5 and 6 were breached. The court agreed and ordered that Lithuania pay Butkevičius compensation.