Edgar Savisaar in hospital

Edgar Savisaar (Martin Dremljuga/ERR)
9/24/2015 12:44 PM
Category: Politics

Estonian opposition leader and Mayor of Tallinn Edgar Savisaar, who was named suspect in the bribery investigation by Internal Security Services (ISS) and Prosecution’s Office on Tuesday, was taken to hospital on Wednesday afternoon.

Savisaar was taken to East-Tallinn Hospital on Wednesday, following his visit to the Internal Security Service's headquarters, and the hospital’s head Ralf Allikvee told ERR on Thursday that the mayor has serious health problems.

According to ETV, Savisaar will undergo coronary angiography today.

Allikvee said that Savisaar is expected to stay at the hospital for at least few days. Reportedly he complained problems with his heart. Savisaar had a serious heart attack in 2003.

In March, Savisaar fell ill with streptococcus bacteria. This resulted in a toxic syndrome and blood poisoning and to save his life, doctors had to amputate one of Savisaar's legs above the knee. Savisaar recovered and returned to front-line politics in August, assuming his post in charge of Tallinn City Government, albeit resigning as an MP.

On Tuesday, ISS and Prosecution Office revealed that Savisaar is suspected of accepting properties and favors as bribes in 2014 and 2015 with a total value of hundreds of thousands of euros for himself and his party. On Wednesday morning, Savisaar rejected the accusations and said that he is “as clean as a whistle".

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