An old acquaintance of Mr. Gecas', Juozas Sarka, 79, who spent six years in Soviet camps, went to the hearing. He said he is sure the KGB fabricated its case. Mr. Gecas was a good Christian, he said. "A man with such morals could not shoot innocent women and children."
The libel case is continuing, back in Edinburgh. But here in Vilnius, two terrible truths abide.
More than 100,000 Lithuanians were shipped east to Soviet labor camps, as Moscow tried, in the end without success, to eradicate the country's independent spirit. "They were factories of death for tens of thousands of people," said Vladas Sarka, Juozas' brother.