Polish shipyard chiefs named suspects in Port of Tallinn corruption case (1)

Photo: Port of Tallinn
11/25/2015 9:16 AM
Category: Economy

State prosecutors named two leading employees of a Polish shipyard suspects, saying they could have given large bribes to Port of Tallinn chiefs to land a procurement for ferries.

State prosecutors Laura Feldmanis told ERR the Polish men were questioned by Polish authorities at the end of October after a request by the Estonian Prosecutor's Office. An Estonian official was also present.

According to prosecutors, the Polish shipyard employees promised bribes of over one million euros to Estonian state-owned Port of Tallinn board member Allan Kiil. Part of that money had already exchanged hands.

Remontowa Shipbuilding, the Polish company in question, won a tender in 2014 to build two ferries for Port of Tallinn.

Prosecutors have named 10 people suspects in the entire Port of Tallinn corruption investigation. The first instances of corruption in the Port of Tallinn date back to 2009 with CEO Ain Kaljurand accused of taking bribes amounting to hundreds of thousands of euros and Kiil in the millions.

Kaljurand and Kiil were arrested on August 26.

Port of Tallinn has ordered a number of new ferries as it will take over domestic ferry routes in September, 2016.

J.M. Laats

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