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Lithuanian court clears impeached president of corruption charges

[JURIST] A Lithuanian criminal court has cleared former President Rolandas Paksas of charges of leaking state secrets to Russian-born businessman Yuri Borisov. Lithuania's parliament voted to impeach Paksas in April following a Constitutional Court ruling that Paksas violated the constitution by arranging citizenship for and leaking classified information to Borisov. Although Paksas still faces charges of illegally arranging citizenship for Borisov, the criminal court said in its ruling that there was no clear evidence that Paksas had disclosed state secrets. Paksas reacted to the ruling by calling his impeachment a "political maneuver" and saying that he "was removed from office and banned by the constitutional court and now I have proof that this was not justified." BBC News has more.

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