|Excerpt from report
in English by Baltic news agency BNS
Vilnius, 13 August: The leader of Lithuanian Freedom Union's
Taurage (western Lithuania) branch and member of the Taurage
District Council, radical Saulius Ozelis, has asked for criminal
charges to be brought against Efraim Zuroff, head of the
Jerusalem division of the Nazi-hunting Simon Wiesenthal Centre.
A letter to the Lithuanian Prosecutor-General's Office by
Ozelis, notorious for scandalous public actions, published
on Tuesday [13 August], said that the award of 10,000 dollars
in exchange for information about Nazi war criminals residing
in Lithuania, which Zuroff offered in early July, "incites
ethnic discord and offends the people of Lithuania".
According to Ozelis, such activity by Zuroff was not coordinated
with the Lithuanian state institutions. Therefore, the Nazi
hunter has no authority to collect information in Lithuania "by
way of bribery".
The radical asked the Prosecutor-General's Office to bring
charges against Zuroff, conduct preliminary investigation and
Meanwhile, the Taurage Regional Prosecutor's Office is considering
a request by the Lithuanian State Security Department to bring
criminal charges against Ozelis for fomenting ethnic hatred
during several anti-Semitic actions he staged this year...