Port of Tallinn supervisory board meet after CEO, board member arrested

Port of Tallinn (Martin Dremljuga/ERR)
8/27/2015 10:22 AM
Category: Politics

State-owned Port of Tallinn's supervisory board will meet today to discuss the corruption allegations against the company's entire management board, which includes the CEO and one board member.

“The first responsibility of the supervisory board is to guarantee the leadership of the company,” Economy Minister Kristen Michal said.

He told ETV last night there will be changes to the leadership of the company, adding these had already been planned. “We had to wait until the end of the investigation,” he added.

Michal said one of the two board members has already resigned.

Harry Tuul, an Äripäev journalist, said both board members received contract extensions a year ago, and that one reason for that was to continue with the investigation.

Tuul said it is remarkable the case did not leak to the media before, as the two board members are both closely connected to the ruling Reform Party, the previous supervisory board head Neinar Seli had good connections to the party and the current supervisory board head, Remo Holsmer, is also a Reform Party MP. Michal is also a party member.

He said the exact nature of the corruption is very hard to speculate over.

Port of Tallinn CEO Ain Kaljurand and Allan Kiil, the other board member, were detained on Wednesday on corruption charges. Six other persons were apprehended, accused of giving bribes.

Port of Tallinn supervisory board meets at company's head office (Photo: Martin Dremljuga/ERR)

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