An elderly soldier in Lithuania has been accused of exploiting vulnerable elderly people by selling them sexual exploitation kits.
Greece’s defence minister said that the allegation is part of a campaign by a foreign country to undermine the reputation of Lithuania.
“It is not a case of victimisation.
We are talking about an exploitation of vulnerable people,” defence minister Antonis Samaras said.
He said he is not sure whether the kits were obtained by an ex-soldier, but the allegations were “unacceptable”.
The ministry said the alleged incidents occurred between 2004 and 2012.
The defence minister did not name the accused but a report from the Lithuanian Ministry of Defence was handed to the prosecutor.
The ministry also said that an investigation has been opened into the matter.
“We do not have any concrete proof,” Samaras told reporters.
“This is a case in which the accused has confessed.
We need to wait for the final results of the investigation to be completed.”
The defence ministry said that it is not clear whether the alleged victims were under 16 or older.
“Aged people are often victims of sexual exploitation.
This has to be stopped.
This is unacceptable,” Samarashas said, adding that the alleged acts are “not the only ones”.
The Defence Ministry said it has opened an investigation into the alleged offences and is cooperating with the investigation.
The government of Prime Minister Juozas Olekas has called on the US to extradite the alleged perpetrator.
“The US government must ensure that the accused and all other persons involved are held accountable for their crimes,” Olekas said in a statement.