Former longtime Center Party chairman Edgar Savisaar, who went on trial as a defendant in a graft case against him on Monday, was by noon already pictured attending a festive Russia Day reception held at the Russian Embassy in Tallinn.
A photo posted to the social media account of Riigikogu Center Party parliamentary group member Olga Ivanova depicts Savisaar, Ivanova and fellow parliamentary group member Oudekki Loone, with a caption that read, "At the reception at the Russian Embassy."
On June 12, Russia celebrates Russia Day, which marks the adoption of the Declaration of State Sovereignty of the Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic (RSFSR).
The trial began in Harju County Court on Monday in a graft case involving former Center Party chairman and removed mayor of Tallinn Edgar Savisaar, the Center Party as well as multiple politicians and businessmen. The trial will continue on Tuesday morning, as the court wishes to question Marika Väli, head of the expert committee of the Estonian Forensic Science Institute which conducted Savisaar's court-ordered medical evaluation.
Savisaar's defense lawyer Oliver Nääs requested that the head of the committee be summoned in order to receive clarification regarding uncertainties that have arisen in relation to the conducted expert medical evaluation.
"It is important to clarify how many hours per day Savisaar can stand trial," Nääs noted. "According to the [medical] report, the state of his health does not allow for him to have long days."
Editor: Aili Vahtla