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Impeached Lithuanian President Cleared In Secrecy Trial

Ex-President Paksas (file photo) 25 October 2004 -- A Vilnius district court today cleared impeached former Lithuanian President Rolandas Paksas of leaking state secrets.

Paksas was impeached in April after the Lithuanian parliament determined he illegally arranged citizenship for and leaked state secrets to one of his financial backers, Yurii Borisov, a Russian businessman.

Paksas was suspected of divulging state secrets by tipping Borisov that his phone was tapped by the Lithuanian secret services.

Paksas is still likely to face separate trials for his involvement in obtaining Lithuanian citizenship for Borisov, who is alleged to have ties to Russian organized crime.

The trial against Paksas began in July.