Polish shipyard offices searched in connection with Port of Tallinn corruption case (2)

The Port of Tallinn (Postimees/Scanpix)
9/1/2015 3:34 PM
Category: Politics

The Polish Remontowa ship repair yard in Gdansk has been searched by Polish anti-corruption officials after a request by Estonian authorities. The yard won a tender to build two new ferries for the Port of Tallinn.

The Port of Tallinn CEO and one board member were arrested last week on corruption charges, which are though to include buying new ferries ahead of the state-owned company taking over Estonia's domestic ferry routes in September 2016.

The Estonian Prosecutor's Office said last week that a number of foreign companies could be connected with the corruption case, or cases, which stretch back to 2009 and involve Port of Tallinn CEO Ain Kaljurand and board member Allan Kiil. Both are now in custody and have resigned.

Remontowa has already said it has nothing to do with the case, but Delfi reports that the offices of the company were searched today, with Polish authorities taking documents and computers with them.

Estonian authorities accuse Kaljurand of accepting bribes worth hundreds of thousands of euros and Kiil of taking millions. Both men are also accused of giving and aiding bribes, as well as money laundering.

J.M. Laats

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