Viru County Court has granted the request by the Prosecutor's Office to and remand businessman Nikolai Ossipenko, who is suspected of corruption offences, in custody for a further two months.
Nikolai Ossipenko's third two-month-long period in custody is set to end on May 3. Six months is usually the maximum amount of time a suspect can be held in custody on the basis of a request from the Prosecutor's Office.
However, in exceptional cases, an extension can be requested by the Estonian Prosecutor General Andres Parmas, which is what happened on this occasion.
Viru County Court granted the request on Friday.
Nikolai Ossipenko has been in custody in Viru prison since November 3 last year. A total of 17 people are suspected of involvement in the case, though Ossipenko is the only suspect to have so far been taken into custody.
Editor: Michael Cole