Two Center Party MPs Officially Charged ({{commentsTotal}})

MP Priit Toobal
MP Priit Toobal Source: Photo: Postimees/Scanpix

The Prosecutor General today filed charges against Center Party MPs Priit Toobal and Lauri Laasi and sent their cases to court.

Both men were charged with instigating unauthorized surveillance and the violation of confidentiality of messages, and Toobal was also charged with forging a document, Kadri Tammai, the spokesperson of the office of the prosecutor general told today.

The non-profit organization Center Party was also charged as a legal person - with forging a document as a legal person. A public servant who was a Center Party member at the time, Ivor Onksion, was charged with unauthorized surveillance and violation of confidentiality of messages.

The charges are related to the hacking of the e-mail account of Hannes Rumm, then the head of the Estonian representation of the European Commission. Toobal and Laasi allegedly influenced Onksion to illegally access Rumm's e-mail account and forward e-mails from the account.

Toobal's forgery charge concerns a revenue voucher for the Center Party showing fictitious cash donations worth 11,030 euros.

At the suggestion of Chancellor of Justice Indrek Teder, the parliament stripped Toobal and Laasi of their parliamentary immunity on March 27 to allow the prosecutor general to file charges against them.

After the parliamentary vote, Toobal told that he sees no reason for stepping down as member of the supervisory board of the Estonian Public Broadcasting (ERR) or as the secretary general of the Center Party, referring to the principle of presumption of innocence.