Arturas Paulauskas graduated from Vilnius University with a degree in law in 1976. He then worked as an investigator and a prosecutor. He was Deputy Prosecutor General of Lithuania from 1987 to 1990 and Prosecutor General of Lithuania from 1990 to 1995.
Paulauskas entered politics by running for President of Lithuania in 1997/1998 elections. He was supported by the outgoing President, Algirdas Brazauskas and narrowly lost in the runoff to Valdas Adamkus, with Paulauskas gaining 49.6% of vote and Adamkus gaining 50.4%. He then established The New Union (Social Liberals) party which gained 19.6% of vote in 2000 parliamentary elections. On October 19, 2000, he became the speaker of Seimas, the parliament of Lithuania.
Biography in English (http://www3.lrs.lt/pls/inter/w3_lrs.seimo_narys?p_asm_id=39606&p_kalb_id=2) - from Seimas website.
Personal Website (in Lithuanian) (http://www.paulauskas.lt)
Paulauskas, who is in Switzerland, told the Ziniu Radijas radio station that “I think that my proposal to include this issue in the agenda does not mean any radical decisions, especially today,” according to the Baltic News Service.
Paulauskas, who is a member of the Social Liberals, one of the four coalition parties, admitted that his proposal was partly due to reports about the harsh treatment of Iraqi prisoners by U.S. forces.
Paulauskas said his letter had been coordinated with the Foreign and Defense ministries, that the latter were reportedly not signatories.
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