Folk hero Kedys, allegedly, found dead

D. Kedys (lrytas.lt nuotr.)
D. Kedys (lrytas.lt nuotr.)
www.lithuaniatribune.com
2010-04-21 09:26

The folk hero Drasius Kedys, who allegedly shot two people in Kaunas and has been on the run since then (5 October), was found dead some 30 km from Kaunas on 18 April. Media reports that his relatives have identified the body. The Acting General Prosecutor Raimondas Petrauskas said to LNK TV news that the body found could be that of Drasius Kedys, but he gave 90% certainty.

The story that shook and stirred all Lithuania was one of the most followed events since the crime was committed at the beginning of October 2009. Drasius Kedys allegedly shot Kaunas judge Jonas Furmanavicius and a few hours later 29 year old Violeta Naruseviciene was found dead in her home. Media immediately spotted a link between the killings and Drasius Kedys. Mr. Kedys had accused the judge and a few other man of sexually molesting his little daughter. He also accused Violeta Naruseviciene, sister of his former girlfriend, of cooperating with those men.

reklama

In August 2009 delfi.lt news portal reported that Kedys had sent out almost 200 letters with DVD discs containing his daughter’s story about what three men had done to her. The men accused of paedophilia and child molesting included Furmanavicius and Andrius Usas. Among recipients of the letters were about a dozen parliamentarians, Lithuanian members of the European Parliament, all political parties, the media and other officials. The English-language letter and the girl’s story with subtitles was also sent to Members of the European Parliament.

Officially, Drasius Kedys was still on the run. Lithuanian police had issued his international arrest warrant. At first, media reported that he might be hiding in Russia, then Britain and recently the Spanish police announced his search in their country.

The case is still pending since the main suspect could not be questioned. The popular support for the father that was fighting against an alleged institutionalised paedophile ring grew enormously. Drasius Kedys’ popularity was equal only to that of mega-popular Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaite. The popular support converted itself into accusations that the Prosecutors Office was ‘on the side of paedophiles’. Groups of hundreds of people demonstrated in the front of Prosecutors’ Offices in various Lithuanian cities. It is thought that one of the main reasons behind the General Prosecutor Valentinas’ resignation was the Kedys case. The Children’s Rights Protection Ombudsman Rimante Salaseviciute was also asked to leave her post mainly because of the people’s anger towards her.