On Tuesday, employees of the Security Police Board detained Hillar Teder, an entrepreneur, and Kersti Kracht, an adviser to the Minister of Finance, among other suspects in possible corruption crimes related to the real estate development in Porto Franco, and the suspicion was presented to the Center Party Secretary General Mikhail Korb.
Teder and Korb are suspected of trading in influence. According to the suspicion, it was agreed that Teder would donate up to one million euros to the Center Party before the local government elections. In return, Korb had to arrange the right to build a car park on the land of the city of Tallinn in favor of the development of Porto Franco. The Center Party has also become a legal entity in suspicion of trading in influence.
Teder has suspected of agreeing to bribe Kersti Kracht for using her position as an adviser to Martin Helme, Minister of Finance, to secure favorable decisions for Porto Franco in the use of Kredex crisis measures. The bribe was not handed over to the extent that Tedre and Kracht were detained by the employees of the Security Police Board.
Teder and Kracht are also suspected of a money laundering agreement in order to conceal the bribery of Kracht. Two other companies have been suspected of having committed several crimes.
On Monday, kapo officials searched the lives and jobs of the suspects and the state agency Kredex.
Chief Public Prosecutor Taavi Pern explained that if the Prosecutor’s Office becomes aware of information that indicates that it may be possible to buy decisions favorable to oneself from people involved in politics, there is an obligation to initiate criminal proceedings to verify the information. “The evidence gathered from mid-January last year to the present refers to various crimes that led to public prosecutions of suspected people,” Pern said.
“Activities that harm fair competition always have a wider impact on society as a whole, and a single transaction triggers a snowball effect, which has a devastating effect on both the economic environment and the credibility of local government decisions,” the public prosecutor added.
According to Harrys Puusepa, the head of the Security Police Bureau, the legislator has made it the responsibility of the Security Police to investigate corruption related to high-ranking officials in order to prevent and prevent a possible threat to national security.
Criminal proceedings are conducted by the Security Police Board and managed by the Public Prosecutor’s Office.
On Monday evening, the board of the Center Party discussed the situation.
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