US House Member Introduces Bill to Free Lithuanian Judge

A U.S. lawmaker wants Congress to intervene to stop the extradition of an ex-Lithuanian parliamentarian and judge on charges stemming from her claims that a ring of influential Lithuanian pedophiles victimized her 4-year-old niece.

A bill introduced this week by U.S. Rep. Chris Smith, R-N.J., would also free 47-year-old Neringa Venckiene from the Metropolitan Correctional Center until American officials rule on her request for political asylum.

Smith has helped write U.S. child-exploitation laws. The New Jersey Republican said in a statement Tuesday to The Associated Press that Venckiene “should be praised, not charged, for her courage to hold public officials accountable and protect her niece.”

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Reported by: Associated Press