Friday, October 23, 2020

Estonian MP stripped of immunity over bribery case

-

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.

More: Estonia scraps key part of new anti-money laundering legislation

- Advertisement -

“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.

- Advertisement -
- Advertisement -

MUST READ

Goldman Sachs agrees $3 billion settlement with US DoJ over 1MDB corruption scandal

Goldman Sachs has agreed to pay nearly $3bn (£2.3bn) in the US to end a probe of its role in Malaysia's 1MDB corruption scandal. The...

Hong Kong fines Goldman Sachs $350 million over 1MDB scandal

Goldman Sachs ignored multiple red flags over the multibillion-dollar fundraisings it arranged for state fund 1Malaysia Development Berhad, Hong Kong’s financial regulator said on...

Texas attorney general Ken Paxton fires top aide who accused him of bribery

Lacey Mase, one of the top aides who accused Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton of crimes including bribery and abuse of office, has been fired, she told The...

Fundraiser Elliott Broidy pleads guilty in foreign agent case linked to 1MDB

Major Republican Party and Trump fundraiser Elliott Broidy pleaded guilty Tuesday to acting as an unregistered foreign agent, admitting to accepting millions...

Germany issues international arrest warrant for founders of law firm at the centre of Panama Papers

Germany has issued international arrest warrants for the two founders of the firm at the centre of the tax haven scandal exposed by the...
Advertisement
Advertisement

Latest News

This Week

Wells Fargo fires more than 100 workers over abuse of COVID-19 relief funds

Wells Fargo & Co has fired about 100 to 125 employees for unethically availing themselves of coronavirus relief funds, according to a source familiar...

Trial of bitcoin launderer Alexander Vinnik begins in Paris

The trial of a Russian man alleged to have used ransomware in a 135 million euros ($157 million) bitcoin fraud will begin Monday. Alexander Vinnik, who...

UK regulators fine Goldman Sachs £97 million over 1MDB scandal

Goldman Sachs International has been fined £96.6m by UK regulators for risk management failures connected to the 1MDB scandal. The Financial Conduct Authority and Prudential...

Ex-managers of Security firm pleads guilty in Santa Clara County concealed gun permit bribery scandal

Two former managers of a Silicon Valley international security firm pleaded guilty Monday to charges related to a bribery scheme to obtain concealed firearms...
Advertisement

Adblock Detected!

Our website is made possible by displaying online advertisements to our visitors. Please consider supporting us by whitelisting our website.

Enable Notifications    Ok No thanks