Daily: transit businessmen behind Port of Tallinn corruption case

Photo: Port of Tallinn
8/27/2015 12:54 PM
Category: Politics

The parties behind the alleged bribes to Port of Tallinn board members are owners and heads of three companies, Baltic Maritime Logistics Group, Esteve Terminal and CF&S, Eesti Päevaleht reported.

According to the daily, Tõnis Pohla, shareholder of Baltic Maritime Logistics Group and Üllar Raad, head of Esteve Terminal, are among the six people held for allegedly giving bribes to Port of Tallinn CEO Ain Kaljurand and board member Allan Kiil, both of whom have also been apprehended.

Pohla is also the supervisory board head at CF&S and Baltic Maritime owns Esteve Terminal.

According to the Prosecutor's Office, the bribery cases go as far back as 2009, although a criminal investigation was only launched this year. No figure has been put on the cases, but it is believed to be far bigger than the minimum amount of 40,000 euros needed for authorities to launch such a large operation.

The daily says Kaljurand and Kiil could have had hidden participation in companies doing business with the state-owned Port of Tallinn, and they could have received bribes from procurements run by the company.

A previous version of the story said a number of transit companies, not businessmen dealing with transit, were behind the corruption case.

J.M. Laats

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