Tallinn circuit court deliberates Autorollo case again

Väino Pentus and Siim Roode.
Väino Pentus and Siim Roode. Source: (Postimees/Scanpix)

The Supreme Court ruled in May last year to send the case back to Tallinn Circuit Court, saying that the latter hadn't justified its decision to quash a ruling of a previous-tier court and not satisfy liquidators' claims in the Autorollo bankruptcy case.

Before the circuit court hands down its decision, the parties get another chance to find a compromise. The case around businessman Väino Pentus' transport company led to the resignation of then-foreign minister, Keit Pentus-Rosimannus (Reform), in 2015.

In the case the parties involved aren't able to find a compromise, the court will hand down its decision on Mar. 2 this year, court press spokeswoman, Anneli Vilu, told ERR.

The Supreme Court overturned the Tallinn circuit court's ruling in the case in May last year and sent it back to be deliberated again, quoting a substantial breach of procedural norms in the matter of the involvement of Väino Pentus' daughter, Keit Pentus-Rosimannus, and her husband, businessman Rain Rosimannus.

The Tallinn circuit court ruled on Oct. 21, 2016 not to satisfy the claims of liquidators Martin Krupp and Katrin Prükk against former Autorollo lawyer Siim Roode, the NJORD OÜ law firm, and Väino Pentus' daughter, Keit Pentus-Rosimannus.

The Supreme Court explained that in its decision the circuit court hadn't followed the rules as set out by law, which require it to justify any decision regarding a previous-tier ruling in detail. It had also failed to justify the reasons for its decision to quash the previous instance's ruling.

Before the Supreme Court sent the case back to the Tallinn circuit court in May last year, the latter on Oct. 21, 2016 quashed an earlier ruling by the Harju county court, and didn't satisfy the liquidator's claims.

Editor: Dario Cavegn

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