“Lithuania behind bars”: the case of M. Verikas stuck in Indonesia – Lithuania is like a mirage and a letter from L. Linkevičius that saved a life (Part II)

On the other hand, Suvalkis’ dreams about Lithuania have not been broken. Back in 2015, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs stated that it would seek to recover Lithuania. But now it is 2021 and Mindaugas is still in Medan prison. Why?

15min continues the story about Lithuanian M.Verikas, who was convicted for drug trafficking. In the second part of the exclusive story – what promises is shared by the people of Suvalkie, why Lithuania has not returned the prisoner so far, why some relatives of Mindaugas are not waiting and what former Foreign Minister Linas Linkevičius wrote in the letter that the Indonesian court spared the death penalty.

See also: “Lithuania behind bars”: Mindaugas, a drug courier imprisoned in Indonesia, asks Lithuania – fears mafia crackdown (Part I)

Admittedly wrong, but in part

Convicted for life, Verik has plenty of time to reflect on his life. From the prison cell 15min he tells the journalist who, in his view, is to blame for the disaster that has befallen him.

“I guilty that I wanted to, and I didn’t even know. Oh yeah, those people are to blame for leaving me here alone. He left it to fate, ”he says.

And when you drive, small, you will still be here…

“I am angry with them, but what can I do? I suffer pain, I keep it in my heart, but I don’t show that I am angry or anything, ”adds Mindaugas.

Photo by Vida Press / Mindaugas Verikas

In prison, the Lithuanian says that he feels very bad – he is being beaten, humiliated, and at the same time he has lost hope that something will change.

“It simply came to our notice then [atrodo gyvenimas kalėjime]. There are a lot of people killed, a lot in the hospital. No chance… With you like with trash [elgiasi]. Keeps me like trash. You can beat, you can… Do what they want. Can’t see how I’m crying or what again. Nemato. I’m very poor here. I can’t do anything, “he tells the journalist.

It should be mentioned that after the interview I asked the Lithuanian to send evidence of the violence against him in order to better understand the difficulties he is facing. To my surprise, the guy didn’t send any photos depicting scratches, bruises, or anything else.

Photo by Vida Press / Mindaugas Verikas

Photo by Vida Press / Mindaugas Verikas


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