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Savisaar taken to hospital from Tallinn courtroom

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Paramedics took Savisaar to the hospital for a checkup. Aug. 10, 2017.
Paramedics took Savisaar to the hospital for a checkup. Aug. 10, 2017. Source: (ERR)

Harju County Court on Thursday summoned paramedics for suspended Tallinn mayor and former longtime Center Party chairman Edgar Savisaar during his continuing trial after his health began to worsen.

While Savisaar claimed that he simply did not feel well, the court nonetheless decided to call an ambulance, which took him to the hospital to be checked up.

The court on Wednesday began reviewing an audio recording of a conversation between Savisaar and businessman Alexander Kofkin and continued reviewing this and other recordings obtained in the course of surveillance activities on Thursday.

With the court's permission, those defendants not connected to these recordings do not have to participate in this stage of the trial.

The Office of the Prosecutor General has charged Savisaar in using Tallinn city budgetary funds for the benefit of the Center Party and himself, i.e. embezzlement on a large-scale basis, by an official and by a group, as well as in four cases of accepting bribes, money laundering and the acceptance of prohibited large-scale donations to the Center Party. The Center Party has also been charged as a legal entity.

Charged with bribing Savisaar are businessmen Aivar Tuulberg, Alexander Kofkin, Hillar Teder and Vello Kunman. Tallinn City Council chairman Kalev Kallo has been charged with assisting in the making and accepting of bribes; former politician Villu Reiljan is charged with arranging a bribe of Savisaar. Põhja-Tallinn deputy city district elder Priit Kutser has also had to stand trial.

Harju County Court on Wednesday separated materials pertaining to Reiljan from the criminal case in order to pursue a plea deal with the businessman.

Editor: Aili Vahtla

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