Ansip: No Reason to Discredit Interpol
Prime Minister Andrus Ansip said in Parliament yesterday that he saw no reason that observers should question Interpol's credibility in posting the wanted notice regarding Tallinn City Councilor Eerik-Niiles Kross.
Ansip said Interior Minister Ken-Marti Vaher has requested clarification in the matter.
"Surely Interpol regards these requests with a high level of thoroughness. Let me reiterate: based on the current cooperation we have no reason not to have confidence in Interpol," Ansip said.
"The current information is that Interpol does have basis to declare Eerik-Niiles Krossi a wanted person. But whether this basis will be sufficient for Eerik-Niiles Kross to remain on this list or not after a thorough investigation and consideration of various additional arguments, that I cannot say," Ansip said.
The international police organization had relayed a Russian arrest warrant for Kross's alleged connection to the hijacking of a cargo ship in 2009. Estonian prosecutors say they have not found evidence to link Kross in any way, but Russian authorities have refused to share information they claim is incriminating.