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    VILNIUS COURT TO CONSIDER BORISOV'S COMPLAINT ABOUT HIS DEPORTATION FROM LITHUANIA

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    MOSCOW, March 5, 2004. (RIA Novosti) - The Vilnius district court plans to consider the complaint of Russian entrepreneur Yury Borisov about his deportation from Lithuania.

    Initially, the court planned to meet on February 25, but on the eve of the hearings it was informed by the Prosecutor General's Office that it could familiarise itself with part of the earlier secret materials.

    Presently, the court is conducting two pre-trial investigations with regard to Borisov. The businessman is suspected of threatening Lithuanian President Rolland Paksas and sold spare parts for helicopters to Sudan which supports terrorism.

    The lawyer asked the court to adjourn its hearings to be able to familiarise himself with the de-classified materials of the case. The court satisfied the request.

    On January 14, entrepreneur Borisov lodged a complaint with the Vilnius district administrative court against the refusal of the Migration Department to issue permanent residence permit for him and to deport him from Lithuania to Russia. Borisov asks the court to annul the illegal and unfounded, from his point of view, decision of the Migration Department.

    According to Borisov's lawyer, Adomas Liutvynskas, the Department's decision contradicts international conventions, such as the European Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms, and other legal acts.

    Yury Borisov, the head of Avia Baltika company, who gave 1.2 million litas (some 400,000 dollars) to the presidential campaign, was deprived of the Lithuanian citizenship in December under the decision of the Constitutional Court.

    The Constitutional Court stated that the presidential decree on granting Lithuanian citizenship, by way of exception, to Russian citizen Borisov contradicts the Constitution and the law on citizenship.

    On January 9, the Migration Department decided to deport Borisov from Lithuania to Russia and not to issue him a permit for a permanent residence in the republic.

    The State Security Department also proposed to include his name into the 'persona non-grata' list.

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