Supreme Court to hear Savisaar 'agent of influence' case ({{commentsTotal}})

Tuuli Koch
Tuuli Koch Source: Postimees/Scanpix

The nation's highest court has decided to admit a case sparked by a 2010 article where an award-winning Postimees journalist called Tallinn's powerful mayor an "agent" influenced by Russia.

Savisaar is seeking refutation of the claim and monetary damages from Tuuli Koch and Postimees.

His attorney, Oliver Nääs, has told ERR in the past: "The following inaccurate claims disparage the honor of Edgar Savisaar: that he is an agent of Russian influence, that he peddled influence and that he is a security threat to the Republic of Estonia.

A lower court ruled against Savisaar, saying the claims made in articles from December 16 and 17, 2010, were the opinion of the Internal Security Service, the counterintelligence agency that also investigates corruption cases, and that, being opinions regarding Savisaar's susceptibility to future offers, they could not be proved or disproved.

An added twist in the case is that the conclusions from the ISS were classified as state secrets when they were aired in Postimees. They were declassified five days after the articles ran. The public prosecutor elected not to start a criminal case in this regard, something Savisaar had sought.

Editor: K. Rikken