Harju County Court today cleared businessman Andrus Sukles of attempting to hire an assassin to murder a former business partner, Tullio Liblik.
The court found that evidence collected by an agent of the police can not 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.
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, nor enough to completely clear him of the charge. Prosecutors sent a renewed case back to court a month later.
The court awarded Sukles 27,000 euros and Liblik 19,000 euros to cover court fees, according to Postimees.
State prosecutor Steven-Hristo Evestus said that the Prosecutor's Office will appeal the decision.
Liblik sued Sukles in 2009
In the fall of 2009, Sukles referred to Liblik in the press as a "slug," "thief," and "a weed." Liblik sued for 12,782 euros to compensate for defamation of character. Sukles justified the name-calling by saying that his business partner had cheated him and had polluted the business climate.
Harju County Court decided in July 2010 that Sukles must pay Liblik 639 euros in damages, plus cover Liblik's court fees.