Tartu County Court on Friday found grain processing company AS Tartu Mill as a legal person not guilty of tax fraud, but found former chief purchaser Leonid Dulub and Priit Saar guilty of belonging to a criminal organization.
The court sentenced Dulub to a conditional four years, with four years of probation, and Saar to three years, with three years of probation.
Dulub and Saar were also ordered to pay €1,250 in procedural costs. As the defendants were found partially not guilty, the state will have to pay for their legal fees — in the amount of €39,774 for Tartu Mill, €3,640 for Dulub and €588 for Saar.
The court took into account in sentencing that both Dulub and Saar both lacked prior convictions, and that Saar's role in the criminal organization was the smallest.
Six members of the group were convicted in plea deals with Tartu County Court in 2014 already.
The criminal investigation was led by the South District Prosecutor's Office and conducted by the Estonian Tax and Customs Board (MTA).
Friday's decision can be appealed during a period of up to seven days, in which case the court would announce its reasoned decision on April 26.
Editor: Aili Vahtla