Introduction of 'Crime of Denial'in the Lithuanian Criminal Law and First Instances of its Application

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The present article analyses the so-called ‘crime of denial’ recently established in Article 1702 of the Lithuanian Criminal Code. It describes how this crime was introduced in the Lithuanian Law, and the reasons for its present form and challenges. The crime has been applied in two instances (Stankeras case and Paleckis case). The author discusses these two instances of application, critically reviews the arguments of the Prosecutor’s Office and of the court of first instance and shows that at least in the first cases of application of this crime, its objectives and particularities are misunderstood
Keywords international criminal law  tarptautinė baudžiamoji teisė  sovietinio režimo nusikaltimai  Denial of Holocaust  Lietuvos baudžiamoji teisė  Holokausto neigimas  equal legal treatment of totalitarian regime crimes  neigimo nusikaltimas  Lithuanian Criminal Law  nacistiniai nusikaltimai  Soviet regime crimes  Crime of Denial  vienodas totalitarinių režimų nusikaltimų teisinis vertinimas  Nazi crimes
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