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Autorollo case: Court forbids Riigikogu chancellery to destroy emails

MP Keit Pentus-Rosimannus (Reform).
MP Keit Pentus-Rosimannus (Reform). Source: (Siim Lõvi/ERR)

In a ruling last week the Harju county court forbid the Chancellery of the Riigikogu to destroy certain parts of the correspondence between Reform Party MP Keit Pentus-Rosimannus and her husband, former MP and businessman Rein Rosimannus that may still be on parliament servers.

The court's ruling obliges the chancellery to store the emails in question so that they may not be deleted by a third party, weekly Eesti Ekspress wrote on Wednesday.

The court's ruling concerns all correspondence between the Rosimannuses between January 2008 and March 2011. The court wants to see all emails that include set keywords related to the Autorollo bankruptcy case and the allegation that part of Autorollo's cash went towards the construction of a private residence in Viimsi.

Whether or not the emails in question will eventually be used in court is not clear, with a legal dispute about the county court's right to demand them as evidence still going on in the Tallinn circuit court.

The Harju county first demanded to see the correspondence in question after Autorollo's liquidator, Katrin Prükk, submitted an application to the effect. Prükk is looking into the company's transactions leading up to its bankruptcy.

Whether or not the emails still exist at all is another question, since then-Secretary General of the Riigikogu, Maria Alajõe, issued an order regarding the chancellery's IT administration that effectively created the possibility for them to be destroyed (ERR News reported).

Autorollo was a transport company owned by the father of politician Keit Pentus-Rosimannus, Väino Pentus. Pentus, along with lawyers and business partners, faced accusations after his company's bankruptcy of having moved assets off its books, including four trucks, 11 trailers, and cash. There have been claims that at least some of the latter went towards the construction of Pentus-Rosimannus' house in Viimsi.

Editor: Dario Cavegn

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