EKRE demands access to documents concerning citizenship of Kaljurand’s parents and grandparents (5)

Red tape against competing candidates: Mart and Martin Helme. (Hanna Samoson /ERR)
9/13/2016 5:15 PM
Category: News

Despite the fact that the Ministry of the Interior has confirmed that presidential candidate and former foreign minister Marina Kaljurand is an Estonian citizen by birth, the parliamentary group of the Estonian Conservative People’s Party (EKRE) has asked for archive entries concerning Kaljurand’s family. The Ministry of the Interior announced on Tuesday that it had begun viewing the documents in question after Kaljurand herself requested it.

The party asked Minister of the Interior Hanno Pevkur (Reform) in writing on Tuesday for data to confirm that Kaljurand is an Estonian citizen by birth, quoting the relevant Constitutional provision.

As the letter stated, EKRE sees “considerable public interest” at stake in the matter. Among other things, the party wants to see evidence that Kaljurand’s parents and grandparents were Estonian citizens before Jun. 17, 1940, and the question answered whether she was born an Estonian citizen or naturalized later on.

Along with the answer, EKRE requests copies of documents that confirm Marina Kaljurand’s Estonian citizenship.

Chairman of the party’s parliamentary group, Martin Helme, wrote on Facebook last week that EKRE had information that Kaljurand was granted citizenship by special decision of the government in late 1991 or early 1992.

Upon ERR’s request for confirmation that Kaljurand is an Estonian citizen per the Estonian residents’ registration office and the provision of the law concerning the presidential election, the ministry’s laconic answer was: “Marina Kaljurand is an Estonian citizen by birth.”

Later on Tuesday, the ministry told weekly Eesti Ekspress that they were already going through the documents in question and that Kaljurand herself had requested the procedure.

Editor: Dario Cavegn

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