Savisaar presents substantial medical history
The newest chapter in Edgar Savisaar's defense tactics comes in the form of a voluminous medical history spanning decades his team has submitted for forensic medical examination. Analyzing the history will take months, keeping Savisaar's trial on hold.
18.04.2017, Anneli AmmasPM
FSB presents evidence to Susi
The criminal case of Estonian aviation businessman Raivo Susi, who has spent more than a year under arrest for espionage in Russia, is nearing trial: an FSB investigator started presenting Susi with evidence against him a week ago.
17.04.2017, Jaanus PiirsaluPM
Court orders medical examination for Edgar Savisaar
The Tallinn-based Harju County court on Tuesday issued an order for Edgar Savisaar, defendant in a graft trial as part of which he has been excluded from the office of mayor of Tallinn, to undergo a forensic medical committee examination.
Hospital heads plead not guilty
Former chairman of the board of the North Estonia Regional Hospital (PERH) Tõnis Allik, head of catering Anu Vähi, head of IT Marko Kilk, and caterer P. Dussmann Eesti OÜ and its executive manager Anella Stimmer stood trial at the Harju County Court on charges of corruption yesterday.
11.04.2017, Liis VelskerPM
Prosecutor wants court to hand out pecuniary punishment to Kender
North district prosecutor Lea Pahkel on Wednesday asked the Harju county court to mete out a pecuniary punishment to writer Kaur Kender who is charged with the production of child pornography.
Estonian court denies early release to traitor Herman Simm
Estonia's Tartu county court on Wednesday decided not to grant early release on parole to Herman Simm, a former senior national security official convicted of treason in 2009.
Man behind bomb threats sent to prison
Harju County Court convicted Russian activist Vladislav Pälling (33) of making bomb threats against flights from Estonia to Germany in the name of Islamic extremists last July in agreement process and sent him to prison for a period of four months yesterday.
15.03.2017, Joosep VärkPM
Circuit court also deems lawful restrictions against Tallinn Old Town bars
The Tallinn circuit court on Thursday upheld a decision made by the administrative court to not allow an appeal submitted by OU Valli, Lab OU, Acacia Trade OU, Taco Express OU, Nimeta Management OU, St. Patrick's OU and Kanteron BVI OU in connection with a decision of the Tallinn city government to impose economic activity restrictions on bars mainly situated on Suur-Karja Street in the Old Town, and changed the decision of the lower-tier court regarding M&A Pubid OU.
Blackmail using nudes
It all started with words. “See, now you have a man who appreciates you and treats you like a princess,” 37-year-old hobby actor and cashier Margus Sepp wrote to one of his victims in October of 2014. A little later he added: “Darling, you are in my heart, and soul, and head every minute.” (spelling unchanged here and elsewhere – ed.)
03.01.2017, Joosep VärkPM
Head of criminal group gets long jail sentence
The first-tier Tartu county court on Thursday found 11 persons guilty of a variety of criminal offenses, including the forming of and belonging to a criminal organization and unlawful handling of narcotic substances.
Czech builder of War of Independence monument pays Estonia last part of fine
The Czech company Sans Souci that built the Monument to the Victory in the War of Independence in Tallinn has paid the Estonian Defense Ministry the last part of the fine for works not performed.
Detention center faces inmates who are testing the limits
The protest of the inmates of the Harku detention center in early December was caused by a rare coincidence: there are three detainees at once classified by psychiatrists as displaying manipulative behavior patterns.
19.12.2016, Risto BerendsonPM
Estonia's new farm minister has been punished for criminal offense
Estonia's new Minister of Rural Affairs Martin Repinski received a conditional prison sentence for attempted fraud as a minor, the news portal of the public broadcaster ERR reports.
Self-styled chiropractic repeatedly injured infant
The Supreme Court has convicted self-styled chiropractic Vladimir Hitrov who severely injured his partner's baby boy in the course of exercising. The man justified his actions through intent to have the boy grow up to be a real man, not a little girl.
25.11.2016, Hanneli RudiPM
Estonian court sends man to 4 years in jail for stabbing police officer
The Tartu county court on Thursday handed down a four-year jail sentence to a man who stabbed and injured an on-duty police officer in Jogeva county in December last year.
13.10.2016, Andres EinmannPM
Russian ex-minister takes entry ban to Estonia's top court
Russia's former nationalities minister Valery Tishkov who was prohibited from entering Estonia two years ago has contested the Tallinn circuit court's decision which deemed his entry ban lawful in the Supreme Court of Estonia.
Governor of Central Tallinn found guilty also in circuit court
The Tallinn circuit court on Tuesday left unchanged the verdict of the Harju county court according to which governor of the borough of Central Tallinn, Alar Naame, was found guilty of embezzlement.
Estonian court sends to prison two Lithuanian car thieves
The Tartu county court on Monday sent to prison two Lithuanian car thieves who belonged to a criminal group who stole cars and sold them in Lithuania.
Savisaar not granted permission to return to office
The Harju county court on Thursday decided that the exclusion from office of Tallinn Mayor Edgar Savisaar who is under criminal investigation has to continue.
Port of Tallinn special audit comes with conflict of interests
Hired to audit the corruption nest at Port of Tallinn by high-ranking Reform Party cadres, in a later private court dispute law office Sorainen made a discount to one of the politicians who hired it, documents show. Partly, the reduced bill was paid by Reform Party but those involved detect no conflict of interests.
15.07.2016, Oliver KundPM
Tallinn city centre elder convicted of embezzlement
Yesterday, Harju County Court judged Tallinn City Centre elder Alar Nääme (Centre Party) guilty of organizing an election event for city money. The verdict was a pecuniary punishment. In Estonian legal practice, this was a first.
01.07.2016, Karin KangroPM
Court takes into custody man suspected of killing his Orthodox priest father
Estonia's Viru county court on Wednesday took into custody 20-year-old Daniil who is suspected of killing his father, an Orthodox priest.
Editorial: let there be truth with mercy
This is no theatre – as assured us by prosecutor and victim beaten by Tiit Ojasoo in her public appeal. Here, we need to realise that on top of the totally condemnable violence, we have flesh and blood people with their feelings and future.
The shocking secret of Tartu cellar slavery
Ragged and barely alive on leftovers, she was kept as slave in a Vaikne St, Tartu basement. Aged 51 today, she was constantly beaten while her invalidity pension and social benefits were grabbed by the owner.
01.06.2016, Nils NiitraPM
Estonian appeals court leaves school shooter's punishment unchanged
The Tartu circuit court on Thursday upheld for the most part the ruling of the lower-level Tartu county court in the case of the Viljandi school shooter, including the punishment meted out to the youngster.
Estonian union has ship seized by court for unpaid wages
Acting upon a request from the Estonian Seamen's Independent Union (EMSA), the Tallinn-based Harju county court has impounded the ship Symphony of Green Shipping OU over the shipper's debt of more than 53,000 euros in unpaid wages to the crew since October 2015.
Finnish court metes out long prison sentences to gang of Estonian drug criminals
A court in Espoo, southern Finland on Tuesday sent five Estonians to prison for a long time for severe drug-related crimes and other offenses, and one Estonian was jailed for helping them.
Elderly stuck in wards with mentally ill and dangerous
Due to lapses in Estonian law, demented elderly and alcoholics find themselves sharing wards with aggressive and dangerous schizophrenics and the like.
01.03.2016, Martin LainePM
Russia arrests Estonian businessman on spying charges
Russian special services last week arrested an Estonian citizen, Raivo Susi, and are investigating the activities of the businessman who engaged in the purchase and sale of training aircraft as alleged espionage, Interfax said.
Estonia to take Romeo Kalda case to Grand Chamber of ECHR
The Estonian government decided on Thursday to take the legal dispute between life inmate Romeo Kalda and the government over the use of interner in jail before the Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR).
Palts fights for Crimea dream resort
Former Mayor of Tallinn and Riigikogu member, Tõnis Palts (62) is among the few foreign investors to not abandon his business in Crimea after it was assumed by Russia. Furthermore: toughing it out, he is battling in court both with city of Sevastopol and Russian defence ministry to protect his lot worth dozens of millions of dollars.
16.02.2016, Jaanus PiirsaluPM
Criminal case triggered by big mouth
«Meet you at midnight, at door to your house, see what life is all about.» A short summary of what the guy told boss when threatened to be sacked. The seriousness of what was said brought police to his home to find hundreds of illegal cartridges.
12.02.2016, Nils NiitraPM
Dealer swollows fentanyl as arrested. Stomach cut open
Under very eyes of police, a dealer swallowed large amount of fentanyl. To save his life, stomach had to be cut open in hospital and plastic bag with drugs removed.
08.02.2016, Risto BerendsonPM
Shelters for women faced with serious court dispute
Tartu Women's Shelter in Tähtvere which saw its financial support from social ministry shrink is intent on contesting the procurement in court. As assessed by Estonian Women`s Shelters Union, this would spell closure of support centres in 12 counties.
01.02.2016, Liis VelskerPM
Lifelong prisoner beats Estonia in European Court of Human Rights
Jailed for life after killing a policeman, Romeo Kalda defeated Estonian state in European Court of Human Rights regarding internet use dispute.
20.01.2016, Andres EinmannPM
Ex-minister Palo wins shipper in false information lawsuit
A court in Tallinn has found that former Minister of Economic Affairs Urve Palo did not submit false information about the 2014 ferry tender in saying that an offer by Vainamere Liinid was by 60 million euros more expensive than a rival offer by a subsidiary of the state-owned company Port of Tallinn, which won the tender.
Ukraine, UK, Estonia to mull Indian court's verdict on ship guards
Ukrainian diplomats intend to discuss with British and Estonian colleagues the verdict passed by an Indian court on crew and maritime guards of the Seaman Guard Ohio, Yevhen Ignatovsky from the consular service department of the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry said on Tuesday.
Indian court sentences ship guards to five years in jail
The Tuticorin court in India has sentenced Estonian anti-piracy guards to five years' imprisonment.
Estonian court gives life sentence to man who killed 2 in Narva
The Viru county court in northeastern Estonia on Thursday found 30-year-old Anton Bulbenko guilty of killing two people and a threat to kill a third person and sentenced him to life in prison.
Bankruptcy of Estonian Air announced
The Harju county court on Tuesday announced the bankruptcy of Estonian Air and the first meeting of creditors is scheduled to take place on Jan. 15 next year.
People allowed to return to Tallinn's main courthouse after bomb threat
The Liivalaia courthouse in Tallinn was evacuated following a bomb threat on Monday afternoon and people were allowed back into the buding after a bomb squad had given the all-clear.
Two Estonian men deny supporting Islamic terrorism in court
Two Estonian men whose trial on charges of supporting Islamic terrorism began in a Tallinn court on Monday pleaded not guilty.
Commission refers Estonia to court for not connecting to driving licenses network
The European Commission has decided to refer the Czech Republic, Estonia, Italy, Portugal and Slovenia to the Court of Justice of the European Union for failing to correctly transpose the European rules on driving licenses, in particular by not connecting to the EU driving licenses network RESPER.
Kohtla-Jarve mayor found guilty of corruption not to resign
Jevgeni Solovjov, mayor of the northeast Estonian city of Kohtla-Jarve who was on Wednesday found guilty of corruption, does not consider himself to be guilty, is not planning to step down and is planning to appeal the decision of the first-tier court.
Old Town bars to sue City of Tallinn over restrictions
Ten bars situated mainly in Suur-Karja Street in Tallinn's Old Town plan to sue the city government over economic activity restrictions which they claim violate their rights.
Defense, prosecution differ on grounds for excluding Savisaar from office
The defense lawyer for Mayor of Tallinn Edgar Savisaar and the prosecutor upheld their differing opinions Thursday on whether or not the exclusion of the mayor from office as part of a corruption investigation is justified.
Serial stabber adds victim while police uninformed
Back in 1997, Leonid Vinogradov (57) killed a victim with iron rod. Now, during five days he managed to stab two. had the police intervened after the first one, the second would have been spared.
21.10.2015, Nils NiitraPM
Center Party to collect signatures in Savisaar's support
The opposition Center Party expects to collect 40,000 signatures in ten days in support of its leader and Mayor of Tallinn Edgar Savisaar.
06.10.2015, News.postimees.ee / BNSPM
Court suspends Savisaar from being mayor of Tallinn
Today, Harju County Court accepted application by prosecutor's office by suspending Mayor of Tallinn and Centre Party chairman Edgar Savisaar from office.
30.09.2015, Dagne MihkelsPM
Petition for Port of Tallinn ex-CEO's release from custody rejected
The second-tier Tallinn Circuit Court did not release the former chief executive of the Port of Tallinn, Ain Kaljurand, who was taken into custody at the end of last month in connection with an ongoing corruption investigation at the state-owned company.
Lawyer of Kiil applying for electronic surveillance instead of custody
Defense lawyer of Allan Kiil, former member of the management board of Estonia's state-owned Port of Tallinn who is suspected of accepting bribes on a large scale over a period of several years, Aivar Pilv, is applying for his client to be released from custody and to be subjected to electronic surveillance.
Conviction of Estonian security official takes effect in Russia
The conviction of Eston Kohver, the Estonian security police officer who was sentenced to 15 years in prison in Russia on Aug. 19, stepped into force, the Pskov regional court reports on its home page.
Estonian ministry says no clarity over Kohver appeal before Monday
Whether or not the jailed Estonian security official Eston Kohver is appealing the verdict handed to him by a Russian court will become clear by Monday, the Estonian Foreign Ministry said on Thursday.
Court to decide Friday morning whether to take Kaljurand, Kiil into custody
Whether former leaders of the Port of Tallinn, Ain Kaljurand and Allan Kiil, would be taken into custody in connection with the corruption scandal is most likely to be decided on Friday morning.
Hearing of Autorollo case postponed until Sept 10
The hearing of the criminal case of Vaino Pentus and Siim Roode in connection with the insolvency of the Estonian road haulage company OU Autorollo was supposed to start in the Harju county court on Tuesday but was postponed until Sept. 10.
Hearing of Estonian ship guards' case in India to start on Aug 24
Hearing of the case of Estonian maritime security guards held in India since October 2013 is to start at the Tuticorin court on Aug. 24.
Prosecutor demands 16-year imprisonment in Russia for Estonian security official
Prosecutors demand a 16-year prison sentence for the Estonian security official Eston Kohver charged with spying by Russian authorities.
Pskov court to take break in trial of Estonian security official
The Pskov regional court is taking a break in the hearings of Eston Kohver, the staffer of the Estonian Internal Security Service (ISS) charged with espionage, possession and smuggling of firearm and illegal border crossing by the Russian authorities, and the next hearing is to take place on Aug. 7 at 11 a.m.
Hearing of Estonian ship guards postponed in India
The court hearing of Estonian maritime security guards held in India which was supposed to take place on Monday in Tuticorin was postponed because two accused Indian citizens were missing from the hearing.
Eston Kohver trial kicks into gear
Yesterday, the long awaited legal process regarding Eston Kohver went into motion at Pskov Oblast courthouse. The Estonian security police (the Kapo) officer stands accused in espionage, illegal border crossing, firearm possession and the smuggling thereof.
28.07.2015, Jelena Poverina-TšernõhPM
Judge presiding over Estonian security official's trial in Russia replaced
The case of Estonian Internal Security Service (ISS) official Eston Kohver charged with spying in Russia has been handed over to judge Yulia Ulanova of the Pskov regional court.
24.07.2015, News.postimees.ee / BNSPM
Estonian court rejects Italian leftist's complaint over entry ban
The Tallinn Administrative Court announced a decision on Wednesday whereby it has refused to satisfy a complaint by Italian left-wing journalist and politician Giulietto Chiesa against an entry ban slapped on him by the Estonian Interior Ministry in December.
Russian court extends custody for jailed Estonian security official
A court in the northwestern Russian regional capital Pskov on Friday extended custody for Eston Kohver, staffer of the Estonian Internal Security Service (ISS) held in Russia on charges of espionage, possession and smuggling of a firearm, for two more months starting Aug. 8.
Anna-Maria Galojan released from prison
Anna-Maria Galojan, former head of the NGO Estonian European Movement convicted of embezzlement, has served her five-month sentence and was released from prison on Tuesday.
Tallinn Tech staff turn to court over Aaviksoo's election as rector
Professors and employees of several faculties of the Tallinn University of Technology (TTU) on Monday submitted an application to the Harju County Court requesting the court to declare void the May 22 decision of the board of governors to elect Jaak Aaviksoo the next rector of the university.
Centrist Mutli to appeal court's decision re electoral ad dispute
Jaanus Mutli, former deputy mayor of the Estonian capital city Tallinn and member of the Center Party, is planning to appeal a ruling of the Tallinn Administrative Court in which it decided not to overturn a prescription of the political party financing supervision committee (ERJK) for Mutli to pay back to the Tallinn city government the sum he used for a local government ad.
Tallinn cadres commanded to cough up election ads money
Yesterday, Tallinn Administrative Court ruled to ignore complaint by Northern Tallinn city district elder Karin Tammemägi and her deputy Priit Kutser (both Centre) demanding the cancelling of injunction by committee for monitoring party financing (ERJK). Thus, Ms Tammemägi and Mr Kutser must put advertisement money back to city coffers.
18.06.2015, Tiina KaukverePM
LSD lands sporty lad in wheelchair
Last week, extraordinary indeed was a criminal case settled at Harju County Court.
12.06.2015, Risto BerendsonPM
The Assar Paulus gang finally faces court
At Harju County Court yesterday, court case over alleged criminal gang of Assar Paulus commenced at long last, the materials having been filed this January. Mr Paulus has been under arrest since April last year.
11.06.2015, Tiina KaukverePM
Estonian formin: Kohver trial in Russia cannot be taken seriously
The trial of the Estonian Internal Security Service staffer Eston Kohver that started in the Pskov regional court in Russia on Monday cannot be taken seriously, Estonian Foreign Minister Keit Pentus-Rosimannus says.
Estonian security official's case reaches Pskov court
The case of Eston Kohver, the staffer of the Estonian Internal Security Service (ISS) held in Russia in investigation isolator, has been referred to court and will be tried soon, spokesperson for the Pskov Regional Court Yulia Pron told Interfax on Tuesday.
Editorial: Big Booze Blues
Thus wrote Postimees, in February 1916: the czarist state is setting certain sorts of restrictions on the production of vodka. «Among other things, no new vodka factories are allowed to be built.» In August, same year, we wrote about vodka-making being banned country-wide, as well as sales of the stuff in pubs and eateries, till end of war.
Kohver additionally charged with smuggling, illegal border-crossing in Russia
During an interrogation on Friday, Russian prosecutors filed new chares having to do with the smuggling of a firearm and illegal crossing of the Russian border against the Estonian Internal Security Service (ISS) staffer Eston Kohver being kept in the Lefortovo prison in Moscow.
«Psychology professor» exposed as paedophile
A foreigner, posing as internationally recognised professor of psychology, sexually abused his child a few years old. Convicted in circuit court by now, the case has reached Supreme Court.
10.04.2015, Nils NiitraPM
Inmate in race with time to save foot
Falsely diagnosed, after years of treatment a crook is found to suffer of a disease totally different. The prison in which he cannot be helped wants to set the man free but the court says no.
06.04.2015, Risto BerendsonPM
Kohver to Postimees: «I’m hoping!»
Estonian security police officer Eston Kohver, under arrest in Russia and in Moscow Lefortovo district court today, replied to question by Postimees’ journalist saying he is hoping to be swapped.
02.04.2015, Jaanus PiirsaluPM
Russian court extends custody for Estonian security official till June 5
The court of the Lefortovo region of Moscow on Thursday extended the term of custody for Estonian security official Eston Kohver, held in Russia on espionage charges, until June 5.
Court to discuss school shooter's case behind closed doors in September
Tartu county court is to discuss behind closed doors on Sept. 18 the case of the student who shot and killed his teacher in the South Estonian town of Viljandi last fall.
Editorial: the court just does its job
Boys accused in attempted rape of a girl of 12 were acquitted, by court. Criticism towards the court overflowed, in newspaper websites and social networks. Gender equality commissioner weighed in, finding that court judgments are often gender-biased. Anger boiled over. Understandably, as a child has suffered.
Guys accused of rape acquitted
By two instances of court, Ida-Viru County youths accused in attempted rape of girl of 12 as the court and prosecutors office failed to verify guilt.
13.03.2015, Risto BerendsonPM
Estonian man charged in Megaupload case extradited to USA
An Estonian man charged with massive copyright violations by U.S. authorities was arrested on Monday in Alexandria, Virginia, U.S. District Court records indicate.
Police find fully equipped functioning drug lab
This past Friday, Harju County Court issued long jail-terms to men caught busy preparing a drug lab in Harju County big enough to flood the local market and beyond.
02.02.2015, Risto BerendsonPM
Estonian court denies early release to traitor Herman Simm
A first-tier court in Estonia on Tuesday ruled not to grant early release on parole to Herman Simm who was convicted of treason in 2009.
Viljandi school shooter taken into custody
The student who shot and killed his teacher during class in the South Estonian town of Viljandi at the end October was taken into custody on Tuesday.
Editorial: hard potatoes and court overloads
A year ago, European Court of Human Rights happened to satisfy appeal by inmate against Estonian state. A drug lab manager was distressed by lack of sporting options behind bars. After that, complaints by prisoners snowballed to exceed appeals to Tartu Administrative Court by people at liberty – 1,100 out of 1,800 filed from jail. The said court is suffering the worst, located in region of the major prisons.
State seeking solution to cut serial complaining
Justice ministry law policy vice chancellor Kai Härmand says they are seeking solutions to deal with avalanche of appeals by inmates.
11.12.2014, Nils NiitraPM
Complaints by prisoners clogging up courts
Tartu Administrative Court is groaning under unprecedented avalanche of complaints by inmates. Of the total 1,800 this year, a whopping 62 percent – 1,100 – have been written by those behind bars. As recently as last year, such complaints were less than half of that, standing at 450. Demands by prisoners are illustrated by sessions schedule at the court.
11.12.2014, Nils NiitraPM
Court spares Estonian javelin world champion Varnik of jail
A court here on Tuesday spared former javelin world champion Andrus Varnik of jail for breach of probation but ordered the retired athlete to undergo treatment for alcoholism.
A spy chief on cocaine
Sergei Bõstrov, for years in charge of a top priority department at Estonian foreign intelligence, was a cocaine user – as unearthed by criminal case regarding embezzlement of money at the agency.
27.11.2014, Risto BerendsonPM
Court confesses state inability to arrange father meet child
On Friday, Tallinn Administrative Court enforced State Liability Act to sue justice ministry for €7,500 to compensate a man as for three years the state has proven unable to enforce the fulfilment of a court decision – enabling the father to meet his son.
25.11.2014, Andres EinmannPM
Court hands non-suspended jail terms to Russian anglers who resisted arrest
The Viru County Court on Thursday handed down non-suspended sentences to two Russian citizens who resisted arrest by Estonian border guards after illegally entering Estonian waters by boat on Narva River in September.
Russian court extends custody of detained Estonian security official
A court in Moscow on Friday extended the custody of detained Estonian Internal Security Service official Eston Kohver until early January.
Savisaar defeated in court after contesting influence agent article
Yesterday, Tallinn District Court rejected complaint by Centre Party chairman Edgar Savisaar against Postimees for publishing in 2010 the assessment by Estonian Security Police describing Mr Savisaar as agent of influence for Russia and a threat to security of Estonian state.
31.10.2014, Karin KangroPM
Second-tier court eases punishments in investment fraud case
Defendants in the investment fraud case were also found guilty in the second-tier Tallinn Circuit Court on Wednesday but the Estonian court decided to ease their punishments.
Alleged batterer of expecting mother faces court
Man allegedly violent towards pregnant partner tells court he remembers nothing.
21.10.2014, Tiina KaukverePM
War criminal displeased with jailhouse in Tartu
Milan Martić, the last president of the unrecognised Republic of Serbian Krajina and an internationally convicted war criminal, is unsatisfied with conditions at Tartu Prison and wants to do his time in Central Europe.
21.10.2014, Toomas RandloPM
Parliamentarian insists on innocence
«I am being accused in something which has not been,» MP and former Tartu city council member Urbo Vaarmann (37, Centre Party) told reporters yesterday as he arrived in court.
21.10.2014, Risto MetsPM
Road Administration buckles up for court action
To find out why new sections of roads start to crumble ere the 5-years warranty us up, Road Administration drilled holes and took samples out of 11 sections where warranty end nears.
26.09.2014, Tiina KaukverePM
Retired KGB General: Kohver case unheard-of in security service history
Aleksei Kondaurov, a general retired from the Soviet-time intelligence agency KGB, finds not much political sense in the apprehension of and espionage-accusations against the Estonian security officer Eston Kohver even if he was caught on the Russian side as claimed by Russian security service FSB.
25.09.2014, Jaanus PiirsaluPM
Editorial: the state vs the lawyer – a battle of principle
By its directive yesterday, justice ministry fired a resounding opening shot in its battle with Bar Association. The issue: how much must taxpayer pay to BA for it to provide legal assistance to people who can’t afford a lawyer?
State legal aid providers encounter emptiness of pockets
Bar Association says it’s running out of this year’s state legal assistance money – by October. Justice minister Andres Anvelt thinks this is because BA does a poor job managing the funds and orders cuts to lawyers’ hourly fees.
12.08.2014, Oliver KundPM
Autorollo drama drifting towards Grand Finale
At end of June court decides whether environment minister Keit Pentus-Rosimannus, in team with fellow conspirators, pulled assets out of her father’s bankrupt transport business.
05.06.2014, Andres Reimer, RiiaPM
Businessmen pull mega wool over banker eyes
In October 2006 SEB entered a good deal, or so it seemed. The bank agreed to lend €18.5m (290 million Estonian kroons) so real estate developers could erect a nice business and parking building in Tallinn city centre.
22.05.2014, Risto BerensonPM
Copyright protectors claim governmental compensation
Author fees still collected from cassette and VHS tapes – by now almost obsolete.
20.05.2014, Kalev AasmäePM
Onetime Kapo investigator convicted in new crime
Indrek Põder, former corrupt investigator at Internal Security Service (Kapo), earns second criminal punishment – this time, for disclosure of a state secret.
06.05.2014, Risto BerendsonPM
Ship guards: invited over, at gunpoint
The men held in Indian jail close to half year say they’ve never been interrogated, neither has any official substantiated their arrest.
07.04.2014, Toomas RandloPM
Sitting on two chairs, again
Unlike his predecessor Allar Jõks the current Chancellor of Justice Indrek Teder cannot be expected to stand, in principle, against Riigikogu members taking a seat at local councils.
03.04.2014, Argo IdeonPM
Editorial: blessed are the pure in heart
Who can touch the innocent. And should somebody try, in a state based on the rule of law protection is at hand. By that, we could sum up the whole issue around immunity of parliamentarians.
Neinar Seli sent before court
State Prosecutor Steven-Hristo Evestus brought charges in Harju County Court against Neinar Seli, chairman of Port of Tallinn council, regarding donation to Estonian Olympic Committee (EOK).
28.03.2014, Andres EinmannPM
Court battle brewing between education ministry and its boss-to-be
Today, circuit court continues a case launched over a year ago as soc dem Riigikogu member Jevgeni Ossinovski sued Ministry of Education and Data Protection Inspectorate over data not provided to him by said ministry.
19.03.2014, Anneli AmmasPM
Eesti Meedia sues Ekspress Grupp
This Wednesday, Eesti Meedia had recourse to arbitral court claiming that Ekspress Grupp be required payment of €8.6m. The claim is based on breach by Ekspress Grupp of agreement between the parties, failing to pay for acquisition of AS Express Post, AS Ajakirjade Kirjastus, and AS SL Õhtuleht shares on time.
Recruiter of spy runs to Russia
Security policeman Vladimir Veitman was lured into treason by an old friend from the KGB-times, Tallinner Viktor Yermakov hired by Russian foreign intelligence. To avoid being arrested, the latter fled to St Petersburg, this summer.
31.10.2013, Risto BerendsonPM
Kross tackles Tallinn TV ads
The day before yesterday, Eerik-Niiles Kross – or, to be more precise, sworn advocate Indrek Leppik of Glimsted bureau, representing Mr Kross – filed a complaint to Tallinn Administrative Court, requesting info campaign by Tallinn city government i.e. TV ads Tallinn Helps (Tallinn aitab) to be declared unlawful and banned.
10.10.2013, Mikk SaluPM
Two defendants in footballers' drug case make deal with prosecution
Two defendants in the Estonian football players' drug trafficking case have made deals with the prosecution, it turned out at the opening hearing at Harju County Court on Monday.
Estonian court hands 4-year sentence to repeat pedophile sex offender
The Tallinn-based Harju regional court on Friday handed down a four-year jail sentence to Toomas Meola, former well-known journalist and PR man, for sexual offenses directed against minors.
Court takes into custody suspect of grenade explosion in Tallinn
The Harju County Court on Thursday took into custody the man suspected of throwing a grenade into a kitchen in the Lasnamae district of Tallinn and injuring three people in the course.
Lower level court again acquits ex-adviser to minister of agriculture
The Harju County Court on Tuesday for the second time acquitted Alar Oppar, former adviser to the Estonian minister of agriculture, and Thorben Gronkjaer Nielsen, a Danish fish businessman, on charges accusing them of corruption offenses.
Graft offered on juice sales leads to conviction
On Friday, Harju County Court judged wholesaler Haljas and its two executives guilty of offering graft to purchasing manager of a leading retail chain in Estonia, punishing them by fines totalling close to €28,000.
27.08.2013, Risto BerendsonPM
Ruling on Taiwanese businessman's extradition upheld
An Estonian second-tier court has upheld a lower court's earlier ruling that the extradition of Hsien Tai Tsai, a Taiwanese businessman suspected by U.S. legal authorities of smuggling strategic goods to North Korea, is legally permissible.
Four Estonians charged for forging bank cards in Finland
Four Estonian men appeared before court in Vantaa, Finland on Tuesday charged with copying bank cards and causing damage worth 40,000 euros, Finnish daily Helsingin Sanomat writes.
Estonian court sends woman to jail for seriously injuring infant
Estonia's Tartu County Court sentenced to prison a young woman who was charged with causing serious injuries to her one-month old child.
Court to have another preliminary hearing in footballers' case
Estonia's Harju County Court is to hold another preliminary hearing in the footballers' cocaine trafficking criminal case in August before the main hearings start in September.
Prime Minister advises Kaisma Commune to seek justice in court
According to prime minister Andrus Ansip, leaders of the former Pärnu County commune Kaisma ought to sue the Vändra rural municipality council decision to abolish Kaisma electoral district. At yesterday’s government press briefing, Mr Ansip said agreements are to be honoured, this being a case for the courts.
Estonian court hands out punishments to smugglers of Vietnamese migrants
The lower-level Harju regional court on Friday convicted members of a criminal group charged with involvement in smuggling Vietnamese migrants from Russia into Estonia last fall.
Finnish court slaps long jail terms on several Estonians in biker clubs-related drug case
The Helsinki district court has meted out long jail sentences to 15 men including several Estonians in a drug case connected with the Cannonball biker club, Finnish news agency STT reports.
Court hands suspended sentence to ex-head of Road Administration
A lower-level court on Friday found Tamur Tsakko, former head of the Estonian Road Administration, guilty of violating the regulations for carrying out public procurement tenders and handed him a suspended sentence.
Persons connected with minister may escape
Preliminary hearing on allegedly criminal bankruptcy of Autorollo kicked off with bravado, yesterday. The Lextal sworn advocate Olavi-Jüri Luik, representing plaintiff – the bankruptcy committee –presented Harju County Court the evidence of five computers’ IP-addresses, used for a number of Autorollo bankruptcy process’ transactions.
27.06.2013, Risto BerendsonPM
Vice-chancellor interferes with administration of justice
On the very day that Tallinn Circuit Court pronounced its judgement regarding the land swap case, another extraordinary event took place in the same establishment.
25.06.2013, Mikk SaluPM
Estonian appeals court overturns land swap case acquittal
The Tallinn circuit court on Wednesday overturned the Harju regional court's acquittal of the defendants in the so-called land swap case and handed them mostly suspended jail sentences.
Impartial justice hampered
Chief Justice of the Supreme Court criticises judicial practice in Tartu, minister weighs moving Prosecutor’s Office.
11.06.2013, Risto BerendsonPM
Russian diplomat refuses to testify in Kristafovits case
Third secretary of the Russian embassy in Tallinn Yuri Tsvetkov, called by an Estonian court to testify in a defamation lawsuit filed by Tallinn Deputy Mayor Mihhail Kolvart against the head of the Open Republic youth association Jevgeni Kristafovits, will not appear before court.
Second-tier court in Estonia upholds Russian banker's extradition
The Tallinn Circuit Court has upheld a lower court's earlier ruling that it is legally permissible to extradite to Russia Alexander Dmitriyev, former head of a Russian bank accused of defrauding the bank of millions of rubles.
Editorial: the endless slowness of judgement
Court queue problem unsolved, for years on end.