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Ratas: Center Party wants plea deal if possible

Acting mayor of Tallinn Taavi Aas (Center) and Prime Minister Jüri Ratas (Center).
Acting mayor of Tallinn Taavi Aas (Center) and Prime Minister Jüri Ratas (Center). Source: (ERR)

Center Party chairman and Prime Minister Jüri Ratas told ETV news broadcast "Aktuaalne kaamera" in an interview that, if possible, the party would like for the case against it to be settled through a plea bargain.

What is the Center Party's strategy — will it enter a plea bargain?

I have stated previously as well that the Center Party's definite wish is not to be in court, and if it is possible to reach a plea bargain, then it must reach a plea bargain. The Center Party should not go to court.

Will you go for the plea bargain?

This hasn't been offered to us yet.

How do you think this will influence election results in the [fall 2017] local elections?

Going to court surely won't have any sort of positive effect on the election results.

What do you think of Edgar Savisaar running in the fall elections?

I believe that this is very much his personal decision.

When you introduced Taavi Aas as candidate for mayor of Tallinn, then you said that the city of Tallinn is being governed well. Do you still believe this if the mayor has been criminally charged, a deputy mayor has now been suspected of something and the council chairman has been criminally charged?

The City of Tallinn is led very well by Taavi Aas; 95 percent of city residents appreciate Taavi Aas and his team.

There are still very many corruptive cases under his authority...

As far as I know, Taavi Aas has not been charged or suspected in a single case.

Editor: Aili Vahtla

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