Acquittal of Businessman in Alleged Contract Hit Upheld, Prosecution to Appeal Again
Tallinn District Court has upheld the January verdict of Harju County Court, which found that businessman Andrus Sukles had intent to kill former business partner Tullio Liblik, but did not attempt to order the killing. The Prosecutor's Office has said it will appeal again.
The court found in January that evidence collected by a police informer cannot be used in court as the agent is not an Estonian citizen, reported Delfi. However, the court found that Sukles had wanted to kill Liblik.
State prosecutor Steven-Hristo Evestus told uudised.err.ee today, that the Prosecutor's Office will appeal the case to the next and highest level, to the Supreme Court.
Evestus said the district court agreed with the county court that Sukles did have intent to have Liblik murdered.
“The judicial panel agreed with the position of the county court, that according to laws at the time, only Estonian citizens could have acted as police agents. Current law does not prohibit the use of foreign police agents [...]” said Evestus.
According to the charge, Sukles paid 1,000 euros and gave a picture of Liblik to a potential assassin in 2010, with another 9,000 euros due after the killing had been completed.
"The person [hired] involved has done a variety of work with police organizations and in this instance he gave testimony as a witness," said the state prosecutor.
Last October, the county court rejected the case, saying that the evidence presented was not enough to convict Sukles, yet nor enough to completely clear him of the charge; either.
Prosecutors sent a renewed case back to court a month later.
In January, the court awarded Sukles 27,000 euros and Liblik 19,000 euros to cover court costs, according to Postimees.