Prosecutor general's office terminates criminal proceedings involving city officials (1)

A 2013 advertisement for the opening of Tallinn's Hiiu Stadium was illegally paid for using City of Tallinn funds. (Postimees/Scanpix)
11/18/2016 8:55 AM
Category: News

The Office of the Prosecutor General announced to the Tallinn city government that it had granted the city's request to terminate the criminal proceedings of city officials involved in the Hiiu Stadium advertisement case, Raepress announced.

The investigation of the actions of a dozen city officials found that there were no grounds for the continuation of criminal proceedings against these officials.

According to the Tallinn city government's information, details of the procedure had been declared for internal use by the office of the prosecutor and thus due to the restriction of access, no names or details related to the proceedings may be disclosed to the public.

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.

While the criminal investigations of Raimond Kaljulaid and Arvo Sarapuu were both previously called off, last week the Supreme Court of Estonia dismissed Edgar Savisaar’s appeal of the administrative and circuit court judgments dismissing his appeal of the injunction issued by Estonian Supervisory Committee on Party Financing (ERJK) regarding the use of prohibited donations in an election campaign, which meant that Savisaar must thus reimburse over 116,000 euros of the City of Tallinn’s money spent on self-advertising.

Editor: Aili Vahtla

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