The European Court of Human Rights has upheld its previous ruling that Soviet repressions against Lithuanian partisans can be treated as genocide.
The appeal was submitted by K?stutis Rakauskas, the defence lawyer for Stanislovas Dr?lingas, a former KGB officer found guilty of genocide in Lithuania for his role in the operation to detain Adolfas Ramanauskas-Vanagas, one of Lithuanian partisan leaders, and his wife in 1956.
A panel of seven ECHR judges ruled in March that the judgment did not violate the former KGB officer's rights.
The Strasbourg court upheld the Lithuanian Supreme Court's explanation that the systematic extermination of Lithuanian partisans by the occupying Soviet regime constituted genocide against the Lithuanian nation.
"The European Court of Human Rights did not deliberate on whether Dr?lingas' alleged role as an accessory could be understood at the time of arrest as an act falling under the Genocide Convention," he told BNS.