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Lithuanian Court Clears Impeached President Paksas


Lithuania's impeached former president, Rolando Paksas, has been cleared of charges he leaked state secrets to one of his chief financial backers.

A Vilnius court ruled Monday there was no clear evidence that Mr. Paksas revealed state secrets when he informed Russian businessman Yuri Borisov that Lithuanian security services were tapping his phone.

Mr. Paksas was impeached by parliament in April after the constitutional court found him guilty of a number of charges, among them improperly granting Lithuanian citizenship to Mr. Borisov. The Russian businessman, who was a prime contributor to Mr. Paksas' political campaigns, is reported to have ties with Russian organized crime.

Some information for this report provided by AFP and AP.

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