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Neinar Seli
Neinar Seli Source: Photo: Postimees/Scanpix

Neinar Seli, the head of the Estonian Olympic Committee (EOC) has been charged on suspicion of corruption, after the state-owned Port of Tallinn, where Seli leads the Supervisory Board, handed EOC 250,000 euros in sponsorship funds.

Seli voted for the funds to be released in October, forgoing the option to hold off from voting, and avoid corruption suspicions, Eesti Päevaleht reported today.

Had Seli abstained, the motion would not have passed.

If found guilty, Seli could face a one-year jail term or a fine of up to 500 days of salary.

Similar case closed, defendant found guilty

Kalev Vapper, who sits on the board of Estonian Pilot, the state-owned port pilotage company, voted in May to sponsor the Kalev Yacht Club with 5,000 euros, which is led by Vapper.

Police began an investigation in November, which ended at the end of January, Eesti Päevaleht reported today. Vapper was found guilty and handed a 320-euro fine.

According to the daily, Vapper has promised to step down from his role in the Estonian Pilot, but is yet to do so.