Parliament to set up Port of Tallinn committee ({{commentsTotal}})

Port of Tallinn CEO Ain Kaljurand and board member Andres Kiil were arrested on suspicion of taking large bribes.
Port of Tallinn CEO Ain Kaljurand and board member Andres Kiil were arrested on suspicion of taking large bribes. Source: (Postimees/Scanpix/ERR)

Parliament's board accepted a bill, signed by 52 MPs, to set up a select committee to investigate the alleged corruption at the state-owned Port of Tallinn, one of the state's biggest cash cows.

The aim of the committee will be to clear up what was the nature of the corruption, the conditions which benefited the alleged corruption and the impact on the leadership, functioning of the company, and the impact on the goals of the state, as the owner of the company.

The committee will also draw up measures to protect state companies from corruption.

One of the men behind the draft law, Chairman of the Anti-Corruption Select Committee Artur Talvik, said the mix of money and politics in state-owned businesses is a serious security risk. He said the aim of the committee will be to bring out the factors which made the case possible. “I am happy that both opposition and coalition representatives signed the bill, showing that it is a bill which is above party politics,” Talvik said.

Center Party MP Kadri Simson said the allegations against politicians on the supervisory board, which have been made by other politicians, but which authorities said they are not investigating, merit looking into.

The committee will have to present its findings to Parliament on May 1, 2016, at the latest.

The two-man management board of Port of Tallinn were placed under arrest two weeks ago, for allegedly taking, giving and aiding bribes, as well as money laundering. The figure is believed to be around four million euros, which the two men, Ain Kaljurand and Allan Kiil, accepted.

Editor: J.M. Laats