PERH ex-chiefs found partially guilty of corruption

Harju County Court on Thursday found Tõnis Allik and Marko Kilk, former top executives of North Estonia Medical Centre (PERH), partially guilty of corruption.

The court found Allik, ex-CEO of the largest hospital in Northern Estonia, guilty of accepting a bribe from the software company Helmes, but acquitted him on other charges. Kilk was found guilty of two charges and acquitted on a third. Neither defendant received an occupational ban.

Allik received a conditional sentence of one year and six months in prison; Kilk likewise received a conditional prison sentence.

This May, the prosecution sought a two-year conditional sentence with three years of probation for Allik, and likewise demanded Allik be temporarily prohibited from holding an executive position at a medical institution as well as pay more than €11,000.

For Kilk, the prosecution sought a conditional sentence of one year and eight months with two years and six months of probation, likewise demanding that Kilk also be prohibited from holding an executive position in the IT field for two years.

Defendants in the trial, which began in April, included Allik, PERH IT director Marko Kilk and catering chief Anu Vahi, as well as catering service provider P. Dussmann Eesti OÜ and its chief executive Annela Stimmer. All defendants pleaded not guilty.

The lawyers representing Vahi, Stimmer and P. Dussmann Eesti requested that their episodes be separated from the case in order to pursue a plea deal with the prosecution. The prosecutor consented, and the court separated their episodes from the case.

The court then terminated proceedings for reasons of expediency regarding Vahi, P. Dussmann and Stimmer in April.

According to the charges, Allik repeatedly accepted bribes in return for ensuring over a period of several years that the company charged in the same case would remain the hospital's catering service provider. The hospital on several occasions concluded contracts with the accused company following public procurements. In return, the company paid for several of the ex-CEO's trips to Oktoberfest in Germany.

In addition, the Office of the Prosecutor charged Allik and Kilk with fraud and embezzlement. According to the charges, the two men went on vacations abroad together with family members at the expense and without the knowledge of the company that developed the hospital's information systems.

Allik resigned as CEO of PERH in June 2016.

Editor: Aili Vahtla

Source: BNS

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