Port of Tallinn bribes totaling 'in the millions'

Port of Tallinn CEO Ain Kaljurand and board member Andres Kiil were arrested on suspicion of taking large bribes. (Postimees/Scanpix/ERR)
8/28/2015 11:41 AM
Category: Politics

The Prosecutor's Office said the now former Port of Tallinn board member Allan Kiil is accused of taking bribes totaling millions of euros and former CEO Ain Kaljurand in the thousands of euros. Both men said they are innocent. Both men were placed under arrest today for up to six months.

Authorities have remained tight-lipped over the allegations since the story broke on Wednesday, but have now revealed that both men are accused of taking and giving bribes, as well as laundering money.

Authorities also confirmed the procurement to buy new ferry boats ahead of the state-owned Port of Tallinn taking over domestic ferry routes in September 2016, is part of the investigation. In addition, investigators are looking at the company's relations with two companies – HTG Invest and Esteve.

Two more names mentioned in the media as being part of the investigation were also confirmed today - transit businessmen Tõnis Pohla and Üllar Raad are among the six people detained along with Kaljurand and Kiil.

J.M. Laats

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