Additional suspect accused of accepting bribes detained in Port of Tallinn criminal case

Martin Paide. (Port of Tallinn)
5/20/2016 10:09 AM
Category: News

In the course of the criminal bribery investigation surrounding the Port of Tallinn which began with the arrest last August of two management board executives, Martin Paide, director of the port’s maintenance department, is now suspected of accepting bribes as well.

Ilmar Kahro, head of the Public Relations Division of the Office of the Prosecutor General’s Director, told ERR.ee that the Estonian Internal Security Service (KaPo) detained Martin Paide last week, however the prosecuting authority did not consider it necessary to apply for his arrest.

“Searches were conducted in his home and workplace,” noted Kahro. “He is suspected of accepting bribes.”

Paide, who voluntarily left his position at the Port of Tallinn last week, confirmed to Estonian daily Postimees (link in Estonian) that he had not accepted any bribes, however he refused to comment further.

Port of Tallinn Management Board ex-members Allan Kiili and Ain Kaljurand were arrested on August 26, 2015 under suspicion of giving and accepting bribes totaling in the millions of euros.

Likewise named as suspects in the case are three individuals for bribery, three intermediaries, as well as two men involved with Remontowa Shipbuilding, a Polish shipyard in Gdańsk which had won a procurement tender in 2014 to build two ferries for the Port of Tallinn.

Editor: Aili Sarapik

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