Thursday, April 22, 2021

Estonian MP stripped of immunity over bribery case

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The Estonian parliament has supported a motion to strip legislator Kalev Kallo from the ruling Centre Party of his parliamentary immunity to allow him to be tried in a bribery case.

Estonian public broadcaster ERR reports that on Tuesday, May 14, a total of 52 MPs voted in favour of the move proposed by the Estonian Chancellor of Justice, with Isamaa being the only coalition party to support the proposal. Deputies from the ruling Centre Party and the Conservative People’s Party of Estonia (EKRE) abstained from the vote.

Before the vote in the Estonian parliament, Kallo admitted no wrongdoing and added he has also always been willing to cooperate with the Estonian Prosecutor’s Office and the courts.

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“I have been in the middle of this process for three years and eight months. (..) This stressful time leaves its mark on both a person and one’s work. I want to contribute fully to my work as MP, which is why I hope that parliamentary immunity will grant me peace to work,” MP Kallo stated.

The Estonian Prosecutor’s Office suspects Kallo of the alleged aiding of the giving and accepting of a bribe. Kallo’s charges are part of larger criminal proceedings, where a number of businessmen stand accused of giving Tallinn ex-mayor and former longtime Centre Party chairman Edgar Savisaar bribes.

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