Metropol shooter a criminal rogue
Paata Sakhokia is a criminal figure with a Georgian background who has recently made it to the top of Estonia's most wanted list. He is wanted by both the criminal police and the local criminal underground that branded Sakhokia a rogue through an act of payback carried out in Männiku five years ago.
01.03.2017, Risto BerendsonPM
Estonian thieves specialized
“Sometimes you have ten minutes, other times it's two hours, as that is how long the ferry takes,” an Estonian policeman in Helsinki describes his work. He gives an account for the first time on how our criminals behave on the other side of the gulf and how they are caught.
04.01.2017, Oliver KundPM
Crime rate falls 9 pct below 2015 level after 11 mos
The level of crime in Estonia showed an 9 percent drop from the preceding year after the first 11 months of 2016, and in November the number of murders and manslaughters also started to decline.
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.
Stolen statue was found 28 years later
The state register records hundreds of stolen and still lost valuable works of art. A number of the stolen objects have probably been taken abroad, which means that we may never be able to recover this part of our cultural heritage.
19.12.2016, Helen MihelsonPM
Syrian father threatened to kill mother
A scenario the authorities have feared for some time materialized last week when the police had to arrest the father of a family of refugees relocated to Estonia.
23.11.2016, Tiina KaukverePM
Estonian criminals crossing borders
Even though Estonia is not internationally infamous for its criminals, nor do criminals from other countries like to come to Estonia, statistics shows the number of criminals whose apprehension requires international cooperation is on the rise.
30.09.2016, Joosep VärkPM
Kohtla-Jarve mayor to be recalled after sentence becomes final
Jevgeni Solovjov, mayor of the northeast Estonian industrial city of Kohtla-Jarve whose conviction of a corruption offense became final on Monday, is set to leave the office of mayor.
Police solves some 500 incidents at Weekend
This weekend in Pärnu, police were busy. At the Weekend Festival Baltic, a total of 27 crimes were registered. 156 misdemeanour procedures were launched including 96 involving minors. Of the latter, 84 had to do with minors consuming alcohol, reported the police.
08.08.2016, Katriin TrallaPM
Accountant gambles away EUR 1 mln clients' money
Investigators of the Estonian central criminal police's economic crime division detained on Monday an accountant suspected of embezzling more than one million euros of clients' money a large part of which she gambled away.
The national victims register
To understand the issue, we need to look into how the state is handling personal data after court procedures triggered by crimes.
12.07.2016, Joosep VärkPM
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
Tartu deputy mayor suspected of EUR 850,000 benefit fraud
Kajar Lember, deputy mayor of Estonia's second largest city Tartu who was on Tuesday detained by the police for alleged bribe-taking, was still detained on Wednesday afternoon and is being suspected of benefit fraud in the amount of more than 850,000 euros.
How to seize a tonne of drugs
A few days ago our public was witness to scenes as from an action movie – in private clothing, policemen stop a car in Järvevana Road, Tallinn and pull out the driver. In the other video, Spanish authorities raid a house in Alicante and, finding a man half naked, have him bite the dust.
29.03.2016, Helen MihelsonPM
Manhunt by minor scoundrels in central Tallinn
The very day the public was pondering the brutality of crooks who beat up a father of small child in Tartu, a most cynical gang of young scoundrels quietly got their verdict for beating up people in Tallinn basically just for the fun of it.
21.03.2016, Risto BerendsonPM
Editorial: how to restore sense of security in society?
Last week, Estonia was in shock by the brutal beating in Tartu of a father under the very eyes of his small son, having reprimanded young guys for kicking over a trash can. By today, we know of the lengthy punishment register of the offenders.
Tartu brutes share tough childhood
Serial criminals suspected in beating up a father as son of 3 watched on Friday night downtown Tartu were once as small but in a different setting.
10.03.2016, Nils NiitraPM
Estonia stands out with high rate of prisoners among European countries
Estonia is in the forefront in the relative number of prisoners, length of prison sentence as well as the rate of people sentenced to prison for drug crimes, it can be seen from data published by the Council of Europe on Tuesday.
The dark side of the tough guys
The much-noticed Soldiers of Odin Estonia Facebook group features a minimum of 182 people of criminal background with at least 374 crimes under their belt. The figure may be higher but these are what Postimees was able to confirm.
08.03.2016, Joosep VärkPM
«Pro» ranks thinned
In two initial months of the year the police caught eight professional thieves in Tallinn. A record.
«An excellent result,» observed Toomas Jervson of Northern prefecture. His «apartment group» hunting the burglars day in and day out, eight arrests is over 10 percent of the total of 70 or so in the business in Tallinn.
04.03.2016, Risto BerendsonPM
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.
Crimes claim no lives in January
Regarding serious crimes against persons, this year is off to a good start in Estonia as January featured no manslaughter or murder.
Editorial: a safer life
Yesterday, justice ministry released crime statistics regarding 2015 revealing a decline in crimes committed in Estonia. At that, it is somewhat deceptive with some indicators as 2015 saw the distinction between misdemeanor and crime from €64 to €200. Thus, they registered 32,500 crimes in Estonia in 2015 which is by nearly 5,000 less year-on-year. The decrease is largely due to the altered standards.
70 people operating as professional thieves in Tallinn
Northern prefect Kristian Jaani and criminal police chief Urmet Tambre cover nuances of last year's crime and Estonia-related human trafficking.
04.02.2016, Risto BerendsonPM
Parish governments come under Central Criminal Police scrutiny
Parish leaders used to lack of control are being targeted by police, and criminal proceedings are coming down like a pouring rain. Central Criminal Police corruption crimes bureau chief Mati Ombler says spread of corruption depends on attitude towards the vice in society.
01.12.2015, Nils NiitraPM
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.
Police search premises of North Tallinn borough govt
Officials from the office for combating corruption crimes of Estonia's Central Criminal Police were searching the premises of the borough government of North Tallinn on Thursday afternoon.
Editorial: remembering the victims of communism and Nazism
While seemingly so during the brighter moments in human history, we are not on a path towards ever increasing civilization, away from atrocities, crimes and trampling on people's rights. Alas, the year at hand is no guarantee of avoiding the ugliness we eagerly label as «not for 21st century» even when happening before our very eyes.
Crime rate continues to show strong decline
The crime rate in Estonia continues to show a sharp decline which however can be partly attributed to Penal Code changes that stepped into effect at the beginning of the year.
Mother: She was my only child. She is no more...
«Why?» sighed mothers and fathers all over the land, hearing about the tragic traffic accident that took the lives of four young people in Tartu County this Tuesday. Just some soundness of mind could have avoided it all.
06.08.2015, Nils NiitraPM
Estonian Supreme Court finds Tsastsin, fellow defendants in Ghost Click case guilty
The Estonian Supreme Court on Monday found computer specialist Vladimir Tsastsin accused of employing illegal computer software to make a windfall of cash and his fellow defendants guilty.
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
Police seeks option to select crimes worthy of investigation
A fresh example out of real life: a divorced father was supposed, at ex-wife’s request, to drive daughter to a dancing class by car. The child failed to exit the building in time, searching for her clothes. The father entered to help the kid, found the clothes and got his daughter to the class on time. Arriving home, the mother filed complaint to court as, entering into the apartment, the father violated court-imposed ban of approach. Legally speaking, this was illegal entry into private property.
30.03.2015, Risto BerendsonPM
Number of prisoners continues declining in 2014
In 2014 the number of prisoners held in Estonian penitentiaries continued declining, and at the end of the year the number of prisoners was smaller by more than 100 and offenders on probation by 600 compared to the beginning of the year, it appears from the Justice Ministry's annual prisons review.
Criminal case of Estonia's underworld authorities reaches court
Criminal case of Assar Paulus, alleged head of an organized crime group, has been sent to the court by the Public Prosecutor's Office.
Bitcoin offers options to launder money
In Estonia, two criminal investigations are underway regarding those trading with Bitcoin – the virtual money. According to Financial Intelligence Unit chief Aivar Paul, the strictness is due to Estonia being transit state for money laundering.
16.12.2014, Marge TubalkainPM
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
Editorial: quit the PR and guard the border!
Not bad basically when politicians/officials in charge get busy publicly prioritising problems of their domain. And we do realise: the times they are a-changing, asking for altered approach.
Criminal Police performs «informant pay» reform
Cutting the chances of policemen pocketing the cash instead of awarding informant, and becoming subjects to blackmail.
28.08.2014, Risto BerendsonPM
Gold found with corrupt spies
Dozen-some days after eruption of corruption scandal at external intelligence, Office of the Prosecutor General has managed to arrest some private assets of alleged criminals.
03.06.2014, Risto BerendsonPM
Editorial: who holds the bag for a spy gone bad?
Let’s face it: agencies of the classified kind will never have absolute immunity towards traitors, connivers and crooks. Which will not spell automatic indulgence for politicians regarding intelligence bodies – we wash our hands! Quite the contrary! Intelligence and other defence activities serve the most vital of state interests. Goes without saying that political powers take an interest in data collection, legal protection, and national defence which must both formally and legally lie under the control and guidance of the bearer of supreme state power.
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
Estonia aiming to cut number of crimes, unnatural deaths
The Estonian budgetary strategy for the next four years approved by the government says that the level of crime and the number of unnatural deaths must decline significantly in the coming few years.
Number or crimes registered in Estonia down 4 pct last year
In accordance Justice Ministry figures, investigation bodies and the Prosecutor's Office last year registered 41,006 crimes, four percent fewer than in 2011.