According to the State Border Guard Service (VSAT), on Saturday evening, border guards at the Lavoriškės checkpoint in Vilnius detained a Belarusian citizen who was riding a motorcycle from Lithuania to Belarus.
Preliminary reports state that the foreigner had presented a forged driver’s license to the border officers. The motorcycle, a “Suzuki GSX 600,” with Lithuanian registration plates, was being driven by a 36-year-old Belarusian who had a temporary residence permit in Lithuania.
During the inspection, the foreigner presented an expired international driving license to the VSAT officers. It had ceased to be valid earlier this year in March. When asked to provide a valid document, the foreigner claimed not to have one.
Upon conducting a personal search, the border guards discovered a driver’s license issued in his country, which raised suspicion among the VSAT officers. The foreigner admitted that the document was forged, stating that he had purchased the driver’s license in Russia four years ago for 600 euros.
The document underwent further examination and was found to be completely counterfeit. The license number was printed using laser printing, imitating UV protection, and was not made of polycarbonate material. It responded to UV light and was printed using a laser printer.
The man who presented the fake document to the border guards was detained. A pre-trial investigation has been launched by the Vilnius Border Guard Division of VSAT into the forgery or possession of counterfeit documents. The investigation is being led by the prosecutor of the 1st Department of the Vilnius District Prosecutor’s Office.
Driving a vehicle without the proper license can result in a fine of 140 euros for the Belarusian citizen. Possession or use of a forged document is a criminal offense that carries a penalty of up to four years of imprisonment.
The motorcycle driven by the foreigner is temporarily being held in the temporary detention car park at the Lavoriškės border control point.