Prime Minister Taavi Rõivas said the corruption allegations surrounding state-owned Port of Tallinn pose a serious security threat to the nation.
“Of course it is regrettable that these very serious suspicions have arisen. If they are confirmed then it is not just great greed but also a very serious security risk,” Rõivas said today.
“Corruption in strategic state enterprises needs to be taken seriously,” he said, adding that the company must cooperate fully with the investigative authorities.
Economy Minister Kristen Michal said the current case shows state companies' taxpayer assets need to be better handled. He said he already has a plan to reorganize the leadership structures of the Port of Tallinn, Estonian Railways and other state-owned companies.
Anvar Samost, CEO of media company BNS Group and an IRL candidate at the last elections, said Michal should seriously consider resigning.
Samost said the two detained Port of Tallinn board members have strong ties with the Reform Party, and it was the Reform Party which kept the two in office in board reelections in 2011 and 2014, despite IRL minister Juhan Parts wanting to get rid of them.
Michal had earlier said the two, Ain Kaljurand and Allan Kiil were only kept on in 2014 so authorities could investigate corruption allegations.
“One can conclude that these board members were somehow useful or agreeable to the Reform Party,” Samost said.
Kiil is a Reform Party member, while Kaljurand also has close ties to the party. Port of Tallinn's supervisory board has been led by Neinar Seli, a party member, and recently by Remo Holsmer, a Reform Party MP.
Editor: J.M. Laats