During her final days working as Secretary General of the Riigikogu, Maria Alajõe did Reform Party members Keit Pentus-Rosimannus and Rain Rosimannus a favor by designating that MPs' emails must be saved for a period of only one year, reported business daily Äripäev.
While the length of time for which the emails of MPs and employees of the Chancellery of the Riigikogu must be saved had previously not been determined, Alajõe's directive fixed this period at one year, rendering it practically impossible to fulfill a court order to release the Rosimannuses' emails, including deleted emails, via the chancellery, according to the paper (link in Estonian).
One year prior to Alajõe's directive, Harju County Court had demanded from the Chancellery of the Riigikogu the Rosimannuses' emails from the beginning of 2008 to March 2011. The chancellery refused to comply, and submitted an objection to the court.
The court recently rejected most of the objection, however, and the original court order entered into force, which means that the chancellery should release the requested emails as well.
Harju County Court declared OÜ Autorollo, a company belonging to Pentus-Rosimannus' father Väino Pentus, bankrupt with a March 29, 2011 court order.
The Autorollo bankruptcy matter involved a criminal case as well as civil disputes and involves the potential collusion of Pentus-Rosimannus in getting assets worth some €170,000 off the books of her father's company. Among others, the company's trustees are accusing several family members, including Rain Rosimannus, of having built up a scheme to move a large share of Autorollo's assets out of the company prior to its bankruptcy.
The trustee also has grounds to suspect that some of Autorollo's cash assets might have gone towards the construction of Keit Pentus-Rosimannus' house.
Alajõe was instrumental to another scandal that became public in summer 2016, when Enterprise Estonia demanded just 10 percent of a €190,000 grant back from OÜ Ermamaa, a company belonging to former President Toomas Hendrik Ilves. Ermamaa had never put the money it received to its intended use, which is why the European Commission later demanded it back, which in turn was compensated for by the Estonian taxpayer.
Maria Alajõe was the chief executive officer of Enterprise Estonia at the time arrangements were made that led to the eventual solution of the issue in favor of the former president. As it later turned out, Alajõe actively sought a way to relieve Ilves' company from the obligation to back the 10 percent as well.
Editor: Aili Vahtla, Dario Cavegn