Controversial Center Party donation case to be sent to state prosecutor

Center Party promotional balloons.
Center Party promotional balloons. Source: Ahto Laur

The Political Parties Financing Surveillance Committee (ERJK) will send to the state prosecutor's office the materials of the recent controversial donation received by the Center Party.

Coalition party Center received €108,705 in donations in the first quarter of 2020. Nearly half of that, €50,000, was donated by little-known businesswoman Jana-Helen Juhaste, ERR reported in April.

According to the business register, Juhaste is actually a member of EKRE. "I used to be a member of EKRE's youth organization, but I left some time ago. I have nothing to do with EKRE," Juhaste told ERR's online news in Russian in April.

Business paper Äripäev reports (link in Estonian) that ERJK asked Tax and Customs Board for information on Juhaste's incomes in the previous three years and found them to be too small for the donation.

According to the business register, Juhaste is a board member in companies such as Tarkor OÜ and Telekomehitus OÜ, the former a cleaning company and the latter a telecommunications cable installation company.

Both Center Party Secretary General Mihhail Korb and Tartu chapter chair Jaan Toots in April told ERR they don't know anything about the Tartu businesswoman.


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