Lithuania's impeached ex-president cannot run again for office, the country's highest court has ruled.
Paksas had vowed to run again for president
Rolandas Paksas had been vowing to seek re-election since being sacked for allegedly leaking classified material, and for giving a Russian businessman citizenship for financial support.
Mr Paksas had already registered as a candidate for the 13 June poll.
But the constitutional court backed a law passed in parliament banning an impeached president from running again.
"The law banning the official removed from office via the
process of impeachment does not violate the constitution," the head of the court,
Egidijus Kuris, told the hearing.
There is no further appeal open to Mr Paksas, who insists he is the victim of a political vendetta and says he has done nothing wrong.
He still enjoys popular support, mainly among rural voters who have missed out on economic growth in the former Soviet state, which became an EU member on 1 May.
But analysts said there was now no way back for the former stunt pilot.
"This is the end of Paksas' political ambitions, his final
destiny after his previous unexpected rebirths," Lauras Bielinis, a
political analyst at the Vilnius Institute for International
Relations and Political Sciences, told AFP news agency.