Rosimannus doesn't have to pay Autorollo damages, court rules

Court documents in the Autorollo case.
Court documents in the Autorollo case. Source: (Rene Suurkaev/ERR)

Tallinn Circuit Court on Friday made a decision in a civil dispute related to the Autorollo bankruptcy case for a second time, finding that there are no grounds to claim damages related to the road haulage firm's bankruptcy from Rain Rosimannus, son-in-law of Autorollo owner Väino Pentus.

The appeals court annulled the June 27, 2014 Harju County Court judgment in the part where €135,657.98 was adjudged from Rain Rosimannus and Rosimannus was ordered to pay his own procedural costs.

The appeals court did not grant the claim of OÜ Autorollo receivers Martin Krupp and Katrin Prukk on Rosimannus in the amount of 176,600 euros plus the penalty for delay and ordered the procedural costs incurred by Rain Rosimannus to be borne by Krupp and Prukk.

The circuit court also quashed the portion of the Harju County Court judgment which satisfied the plaintiff's claim for the compensation, jointly and severally, by Siim Roode and NJORD Advokaadibüroo OÜ of the damage arising from the payment of the debt of OÜ Autorollo debtors to third persons in part, in the amount of 17,954.75 euros plus the penalty for delay, and left that claim fully unsatisfied.

A third portion of the original verdict quashed by the appeals court concerns a claim for 6,135.52 euros and the penalty for delay to be paid jointly and severally by Roode and NJORD Advokaadibüroo OÜ. 

The circuit court upheld the verdict of the county court in the part where the county court rejected the plaintiff's first claim on Keit Pentus-Rosimannus and ordered the procedural costs of Keit Pentus-Rosimannus to be borne by Autorollo receivers Martin Krupp and Katrin Prikk. The verdict was also left to stand in the part where the procedural costs of Martin Krupp and Katrin Prikk, Siim Roode and NJORD Advokaadibüroo OÜ were left to be borne by them.

The receivers in the Autorillo bankrupty on Dec. 3, 2012 filed five different claims for damages and penalties for delay, to be paid jointly and severally, against Siim Roode, OU Roode & Partnerid, NJORD Advokaadibüroo OÜ, former Estonian Foreign Minister Keit Pentus-Rosimannus and her husband Rain Rosimannus, as well as Väino Pentus, father of Keit Pentus-Rosimannus, accusing them of removal of assets from the company.

A personal bankruptcy procedure concerning Väino Pentus ended in abatement.

While a first-tier court found in the summer of 2014 that then-Minister of Foreign Affairs Keit Pentus-Rosimannus (Reform) was not connected with the bankruptcy of her father Väino Pentus' road haulage company Autorollo, an appeals court on at the end of June 2015 turned the bankruptcy claim partly against the minister.

Autorollo was declared bankrupt in 2011.

Editor: Aili Vahtla

Source: BNS

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