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Lithuanian report
by Euro Reporter
2015-10-02 07:13:33
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lithuania_400_01Record cocaine haul in Colombian coal

Lithuanian police say they have seized 600 kilograms (1,300 pounds) of cocaine discovered in a coal shipment from Colombia. Investigators say it's the largest cocaine bust in Lithuania's history.

Police commissioner Linas Pernavas on Tuesday said the drugs were probably bound for the Russian market, with an estimated street value of 40 million euros. The cocaine was found in a shipment of 250 tons of coal.

Nine suspects, most of them Lithuania and at least one Colombian, were arrested. They face up to 15 years in prison if convicted.


Lithuania orders German PzH 2000s

Lithuania signed a EUR58.3 million (USD65.4 million) contract with Germany on 29 September for 21 Panzerhaubitze 2000 (PzH 2000) 155 mm self-propelled artillery (SPA) systems.

The SPAs, which are of ex-German Army service, will be operated by the Lithuanian Army's General Romualdas Giedraitis Artillery Battalion. In total the battalion will operate 16 PzH 2000s, with the remaining five SPAs being used for spare parts (three), gunnery training (one) and driver training (one).

In addition to the howitzers, Lithuania is also buying 32 support vehicles from Germany as part of the sale.


Lithuania names First Street for 'righteous gentile'

Vilnius Mayor Remigijus Simasius unveiled the sign of the first street in Lithuania named for a non-Jew who risked her life to save Jews from the Holocaust. The Sept. 22 ceremony was at Simaites Street, where a heavily Jewish crowd of several dozen people convened to honour Ona Šimaitė, a Vilnius University librarian whose actions helped rescue numerous Jews from the Vilna Ghetto. Simaites, who was recognized in 1966 as a Righteous Among the Nations – a title conferred by Israel’s Yad Vashem Holocaust Museum on behalf of the State of Israel — arranged for the rescue of Jews, including children, by other Righteous.

She was also responsible for the forging of identity documents, and helped smuggle provisions into the Vilna Ghetto as well as carrying letters between ghetto inmates and residents of the city outside the ghetto gates, according to the defendinghistory.com site on Jewish news from Lithuania. Separately, Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaite posthumously stripped a Lithuanian anti-communist fighter, Pranas Koncius, of a state honour because of his complicity in the murder of Jews during the Holocaust, when many Lithuanians volunteered to serve the Nazi army and occupation government. “He was never worthy of this award,” the Baltic News Service quoted Grybauskaite as saying on Sept. 21.

On Tuesday, a commemoration ceremony for the victims of the genocide of Lithuanian Jews was held at the Paneriai Memorial. Parliament Speaker Loreta Grauziniene and several hundred others paid tribute there to thousands of people killed at the site during the Second World War.

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