Sarapuu family yet to file complaint against Jürgen Ligi, Martin Helme

Kersti Sarapuu. Source: (Siim Lõvi/ERR)

According to the Sarapuu family's lawyer, Oliver Nääs, the announced legal complaint against the Reform Party's Jürgen Ligi and EKRE's Martin Helme hasn't yet been submitted. They are currently preparing it, Nääs said.

Nääs told ERR on Friday that once the complaint is ready to be filed, they would inform the media.

Chairwoman of the Center Party's group in the Riigikogu, Kersti Sarapuu, along with other members of her family sent her counterparts of the Reform Party and the Estonian Conservative People's Party (EKRE) a letter earlier this month demanding a public apology as well as damages in the amount of €50,000 to 100,000.

The Sarapuus are arguing that remarks made by Ligi and Helme leading up to the Reform Party, Estonian Conservative People's Party (EKRE), and Free Party's motion of no confidence against Minister of Economic Affairs Kadri Simson (Center) on Jan. 10 regarding Center Party members, the transport business, and corruption tainted the reputation of their whole family.

Neither Ligi nor Helme are planning to meet the family's demands. They see no reason to admit any fault in the matter. In a Facebook post following the letter, Ligi accused the Center Party to be behind it. "Of course it's the party that demands it from me, not the family, and with my person is threatening the opposition as such," Ligi wrote.

Then-deputy mayor Arvo Sarapuu (Center) was arrested in May last year on the suspicion of having meddled with the city's waste disposal tenders to gain a competitive advantage for his family's business.

Editor: Dario Cavegn

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