One of the longest disclosed crimes in Lithuania – Sigitas Chiapas businessman from Kaunas and his driver’s murder.
16 years ago using Soviet Union military beloved machine guns hired killers silenced when the country’s famous company “Agora” president Sigitas Ciapas and his driver. It is stated that he knew the darkest Kaunas mafia secrets.
Nearly two decades all things were clear: the 1996, 5 April – Great Friday morning – luxury deemed window BMW was attacked by two hired killers using automatic machine guns at the moment then S. Ciapas and his wife Jolanta Ciapienė was sitting inside the car, the driver was going to close the gates of the private home in Kaunas, Sargenai village.
S. Ciapas was collecting information about Kaunas organized crime groups?
About this famous case at the time was widely written in various publications and have even in mafia surveying books, but the real reason for what in the past well-known murdered millionaire S. Ciapas is still unknown.
Significant answer could not be hear even careful watching still pending large-scale Kaunas Daktarai gang crime case.
Todays, the bloodiest lithuanian mafia attack of the twentieth century on the businessman again remembered one of the former S. Chiapas colleague. He said that from 1984-1989 in F. Dzerzinskis KGB Higher School studied from Kaunas supposedly had compromised about those times Kaunas highest authorities of the criminal world and for that lost his life.
According to anonymous source, S. Ciapas least a couple of months to his death was able to pass the dossier prepared by reliable informants, which was discredited gathered information about at that time country prosperous Vilijampole bandits and their business.
However, this version has been refused to confirm of a high level law enforcement officials.
Inspiring talks on funeral
Located near Kaunas Karmėlava cemetery, farewell to the hired killers gunned rich Kaunas business-man and his driver came colorful crowd.
Especially from Moscow for the funeral arrived about ten men – former Chekist – KGB successor the FSB (Russian security service) veterans, a group the main Russian political activist Vladimir Putin’s colleagues.
This group in now days has a huge impact on the Russian presidential administration, the country’s power structures, special services, and financial and economic oligarchy circles.
Previously they have served with S. Chiapas in Kaunas, Panemunė deployed 7th army division, they have been connected with old and close ties, friendship.
As the author of these lines told the funeral procession carefully watched one man, one of the former „Kaunas“ soldiers, stood to S. Chiapas grave and loudly uttered the memorable phrase: “Now the Lithuanian land – S. Ciapas killer underfoot … ”
S. Ciapas friends from Moscow shown interest in this case immediately after the murder of a businessman. In those days one of friends said that crime has gone beyond all limits, and if the police are powerless to find killers, they find them themselves.
Widow of S. Ciapas accuses Henrikas Daktaras
Interesting enough that now, after 16 years of the shootings, which killed two people, it became clear that the killers actually wasn‘t found and so they avoid trial.
Although analysing researchers collected data of Kaunas „Daktarai“ was clear that bosses of this organized crime group called hired killers from Belarus. But H. Daktaras also will avoid the punishment for this crime, as a decade ago that hired killers died in a mysterious road accident in Poland before the killing. Shooters who killed S. Chapas still not found.
During this brutal attack only because of a miracle survived his wife, J. Ciapiene talking about this accident hardly able to stop her tears.
After buring her husband and father of three children in April 1996, woman in January of this year in court of Klaipeda city for the first time after a long break spoke up about the tragic event: “My deep belief, the husband murder was ordered by H. Daktaras, and everything was organized by Egidijus Abarius (nickname – Goga) he for many years was considered a gang cashier”
The fateful visit
Only a few hours after lost of S. Ciapas his wife J. Ciapiene interviewed by law enforcement officers of Kaunas revealed: “At the end of 1995, H. Daktaras with few men visited us. One of them explained me that for my husband nothing happens only in thanks for H. Daktaras. That man has a lot of enemies that all are very keen to do something, but nothing happens since S. Ciapas keeps friendship with H. Daktaras who sympathize with our family …“
“They said that thay can not find a common language with my husband, that they were with him, talked with him for several hours. He talked to the stars, so they said that they came here the last time …”
He explained that I would have to speak with my husband, because not a big deal to put a bag on my husband‘s head without keeping any squeaks. They said, we warn you that we came here no more.
They insisted that I call the Sigitas to interact with them, that he is a bad man – he contacting with their enemies, not them, who once “suspended” them. This is what the H. Daktaras said, that man communicates with Sadeckas (Alvydas Sadeckas, a former high-crime police employee). Which arrested H. Daktaras once. What does he say, deos he trying to become a politcian? And again several threatening occasions that they came here last time. ”
Cruising with „selected“ audiences
What is the commercial activity the the former KGB school student S. Ciapas was engaged in last years of life, even law enforcement officials who watced him said they do not know. Today, the former gang members of H. Daktaras in court speaking that S. Ciapas curated contraband spirits business, in which actively participated Kaunas criminal “stars”.
Well known that in early nineties alcohol smuggling was a niche of risky business because competitors have become all kind of businessman, the bandits. Such conflicts usually ended with death of one side.
However with high politics and actors of those times S. Chiapas name is associated more than with his business. That S. Ciapas could become a victim of alcohol-business competitors, don‘t believe he close known persons and law enforcement structures.
Once S. Chiapas had strong connection with controversy established company in Kaunas by local bandits named „Grand Queen“ owners. 1991 May 2, was the day company organized a 17-day cruise tour of the Mediterranean Sea.
The tour group, which accounted for most of the Grand Queen employees and their relatives, also were involved S. Chiapas with his wife, the company “Rara” director Vladas Laurinavičius, (nicknamed Lauryte) with his wife, “Innovative company Init, commercial director Gintaras Skobas – today accused of ordering the double murder. In their company also was center section manager of Lithuanian Savings Bank (LTB) Kaunas affiliate Eugenijus Sukys and his wife.
The travel cost total of 44.350,50 that time rubles (now about 1413 USD)
It is worth attention that the Lithuanian Savings Bank (LTB) units has been able to give credits only since 1991. Follow-up time of those events in Kaunas business, which has been closely connected with the criminal world bosses showed that E. Sukys inclusion in this group of travelers wasn‘t beed accidental, in the same year June 27th the company “Grand Queen“ has been provided as much as 2 million. rubles credit from Lithuanian Savings Bank (LTB) central division.
Facts: Shutting up by 44 shoots
In 1996. April 5. about 8 hours and 10 minutes. Kaunas Sargenai, S. Ciapas, J. Ciapiene and the driver Vincas Varnas, drove BMW 535 from own home yeard in Obelynė street and after stopping near 23th house of that street had suddenly drove a green car “Volkswagen Golf“ fitted with registration plates CKH884.
From researchers unknown persons poured shots from automatic AK-74 and AKMS to S. Ciapas – who sat on the front passenger seat, J. Ciapiene – seated in the back seat, and car driver V. Varnas who was standing near the car.
After Murderers shooting 55 shots S. Ciapas was killed by 44 gunshots. V. Varnas after wounds of shots did not regain consciousness and died in the hospital on the same day at 14 hours and 30 minutes.
J. Ciapiene at the shooting time managed to fall on the car floor, her light body wounds briefly disrupted health.
Written by: Dailius Dargis