Vilnius District Court hearing the case to storm the television center in Vilnius on January 13, 1991, decided to interrogate as a witness former Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev. On it informs "Interfax" referring to the agency BNS.
This was confirmed by participating in the court session and recognized the victim in this case the son of the deceased at the time of the events of January Apolinarasa Robertas Povilaitis.
Responding to a request Povilaitis, prosecutors noted that even in 1992 attempted to get an explanation Gorbachev about the events of January 1991 year, but they are to no avail. Prosecutor Dahl Skorupskayte pointed out that just because Gorbachev refuses to deal with the Prosecutor General of Lithuania, there is no way to assign it the status of a special witness and there is no other means that would oblige a citizen of a foreign country to come to Lithuania to give evidence, reports DELFI.
Povilaitis, in turn, argued that Soviet President would know, but deliberately ignored information from which was clearly evident that the subordinates are going to commit and committing war crimes, and took no action to prevent it.
Earlier, the chief prosecutor of the prosecution department of the Prosecutor General of Lithuania Simonas Slapshinskas admitted that in fact is not enough data that would recognize the Soviet President suspect. Therefore, Lithuania would like to question him as a witness, pass the "Vesti".
According to the Lithuanian authorities, while attempting to assault the Soviet military 13 January 1991 TV tower and buildings of the radio and TV Committee in Vilnius, killing 14 people, 31 seriously injured, over 1,000 people were injured other degrees of severity.
In the case of the investigation of 65 defendants appear. All of them live outside Lithuania. The charges in the case brought against the former Minister of Defense of the USSR Dmitry Yazov, ex-Secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Lithuania Algimantas Naudzhyunasu, Second Secretary of the Lithuanian Communist Party Vladislav Swedes, the former head of the Vilnius garrison of the Soviet Army Vladimir Uskhopchik and former KGB officer Mikhail Golovatova. 12 years for the attempted armed coup carried out in the prison of ex-leader of the Lithuanian Communist Mykolas Burokavichus. He fully served the sentence and was released on January 13, 2006. In January Burokavichus died of acute heart failure.