Minister Cleared of Financial Liability in Failure of Relative's Company ({{commentsTotal}})

Minister of the Environment Keit Pentus-Rosimannus
Minister of the Environment Keit Pentus-Rosimannus Source: (Foto: Postimees/Scanpix)
The Harju County Court on Friday ruled in favor of Minister of the Environment Keit Pentus-Rosimannus, the defendant in an action filed against her by creditors of a company owned by her father. But her husband Rain Rosimannus, a high-ranking Reform Party member, was found partially liable.

Pentus-Rosimannus was briefly involved with Autorollo, a now bankrupt transport company owned by her father Väino Pentus. Creditors of the company sued Pentus-Rosimannus and Rain Rosimannus for 600,000 euros, accusing them of embezzling and making executive decisions.

The claim against Rain Rosimannus was partially settled and he could be liable for up to 135,657 euros, reported on Friday. He has promised to appeal the decision, which he said was made under pressure from the media. Pentus-Rosimannus has made similar charges of media pressure.

The weekly Eesti Ekspress reported in 2012 that the company was drained of its assets over a short period of time in 2010 and 2011 after low turnover led it into bankruptcy. The weekly says it has e-mails that show that Pentus-Rosimannus played a role in management during a brief but critical period when her father was ill.

In an opinion piece published in the daily Postimees today, Pentus-Rosimannus again denied being actively part of the company’s activities and said that she first heard about the impending lawsuit from media figures without being told specifics.