Arvo Sarapuu spared from having to go on trial ({{commentsTotal}})


Unlike Center Party Chairman Edgar Savisaar, who is under criminal investigation, Arvo Sarapuu (Center), a deputy mayor of Tallinn, has been spared from having to go on trial in relation to the criminal case involving the financing of advertisements for the capital city's Hiiu Stadium.

Estonian paper Eesti Ekspress (link in Estonian) reported that State Prosecutor Laura Vaik terminated Sarapuu's criminal case for practical reasons, however Sarapuu will nonetheless be required to pay 2,000 euros into state coffers as well as cover 800 euros in expenses related to an expert semiotic analysis ordered by the Prosecutor's Office.

The crime under investigation took place in 2013, when advertisements promoting the opening of Hiiu Stadium which featured Savisaar playing a drum, Sarapuu playing a guitar and Jaanus Mutli playing the accordion were put up in the capital city.

The advertisements cost the city nearly 12,000 euros and the Prosecutor's Office considers the installation of these advertisements to be criminal embezzlement as the politicians had thus produced election campaign materials using city funds.

What allowed Sarapuu to be spared from the criminal matter was the fact that he paid his portion of the advertising campaign, which amounted to 3,667 euros, back to the city two years ago already.

The criminal investigation of Põhja-Tallinn City District Elder Raimond Kaljulaid (Center) in connection with the Hiiu Stadium advertisements was likewise ended under similar considerations earlier this month.

Editor: Editor: Aili Vahtla

+{{cc.replyToName}} {{cc.body}}
No comments yet.
Logged in as {{user.alias}}. Log out
Login failed

Register user/reset password

Name needs to be fewer than 32 characters long
Comment needs to be fewer than 600 characters long

Independence Day: Estonia’s way into the future isn’t a race

There is a lack of connection between the Estonian state, and the people who live here. While it expects a lot of the state, Estonian society doesn’t seem ready to contribute, writes Viktor Trasberg.

Lotman: Security academy would be crucial Estonian identity point in Narva

In an opinion piece published by Eesti Päevaleht, Tallinn University professor Mihhail Lotman found it important to overcome the mental barrier separating Ida-Viru County from the rest of Estonia.

About us

Staff & contacts | Comments rules

Would you like to contribute an article, a feature, or an opinion piece?

Let us know: