CEO of road construction company charged with fostering fraud
The western district prosecutor's office is accusing CEO of one of Estonia's largest road construction companies Sven Pertens of aiding benefit fraud. Pertens denies all charges.
10.04.2017, Helen MihelsonPM
Members of the passport mafia stand trial
Members of the so-called passport mafia stood trial again in Tallinn yesterday ten of whom opted for agreement process, while another case was closed due to lack of interest to prosecute. The case of the woman who ran the criminal organization will be heard in general procedure.
27.01.2017, Piret LaksonPM
Latvian police catch Estonians with EUR 2 mln worth of hashish
Latvian police detained two Estonians on the Latvian-Lithuanian border earlier this month after finding hashish worth more than two million euros hidden in the cars driven by them.
Lawyers of Savisaar see ray of hope
Lawyers defending Edgar Savisaar are hopeful to kill criminal case against the Centre chairman with just one move – asking that the initial evidence, the basis for all the rest, be declared invalid.
02.08.2016, Risto BerendsonPM
Prison sentence requested for man who threatened prime minister
At Harju County Court session yesterday, state prosecutor Steven-Hristo Evestus required real imprisonment for Martin Kattai accused of threatening to kill prime minister Taavi Rõivas.
31.05.2016, Andres EinmannPM
Lawyers of Savisaar delve into dossier
After eight long months of waiting, lawyers are finally able to familiarise themselves with file of the criminal case regarding the suspended mayor of Tallinn Edgar Savisaar.
25.05.2016, Joosep VärkPM
The great Tartu bribery scandal
In Tartu, the Raadi city district development was seen as a shiny success story in the making. Like the harbour area in Tallinn, so to speak. Turns out, for the Soc Dem deputy mayor in charge Kajar Lember it brought accusations of accepting bribes. Mr Lember was not about city interests at all, it is suggested.
25.05.2016, Risto BerendsonPM
Estonian cyberscam defendant sentenced to 7 yrs in jail in US
Estonian businessman Vladimir Tsastsin has been sentenced in New York to over seven years in prison for his role in a cyberscam that infected 4 million computers in over 100 countries.
Russian stunt pilot: aviation «meaning of life» for Raivo Susi
A Russian stunt pilot paints Estonian businessman Raivo Susi, held in Moscow for third month accused in espionage, as a guy living for aviation. He deems the incident to be strange indeed.
27.04.2016, Jaanus PiirsaluPM
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
Raivo Susi feels like FSB hostage
One version why aviation businessman Raivo Susi in talks with Russian national arms seller Rosoboroneksport was arrested sounds quite banal: FSB is accusing him in espionage just to swap him for some of their agents jailed in Estonia. In his letter to Postimees, Mr Susi says he is incline to believe that himself.
17.03.2016, Jaanus PiirsaluPM
Savisaar to be prosecuted in a couple of months
In addition to suspicions stated earlier, prosecutor's office suspects Centre chairman Edgar Savisaar has also accepted banned donations and done large-scale money laundering. As next step, the prosecutor's office is compiling statement of charges.
17.03.2016, Joosep VärkPM
Raivo Susi offered $100,000 but remains in custody
Yesterday, Estonian aviation businessman Raivo Susi charged with espionage in Russia offered Moscow city court $100,000 to be released from custody but the court rejected the offer.
16.03.2016, Jaanus PiirsaluPM
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
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
Notes point at Ain Kaljurand pocketing a million
State prosecutor's office and security police are brainstorming over options to use, in the Port of Tallinn executive management criminal case, notes at the disposals of investigators showing the criminal income of port's boss Ain Kaljurand thrice as large as formerly thought.
14.01.2016, Risto BerendsonPM
Jihadist's supporters jailed
Yesterday, Harju County Court convicted Tallinners Ramil Khalilov (25) and Roman Manko (30) in support of terrorism and punished them with seven and five years physically behind bars, respectively.
13.01.2016, Helen MihelsonPM
New episode emerging in Savisaar suspicion
While suspended from office as Mayor of Tallinn, Centre chairman Edgar Savisaar still feels like one. Meanwhile, his criminal case thus far featuring four episodes has led to a new suspicion.
11.01.2016, Tuuli KochPM
Estonia's top court upholds Savisaar's suspension from office
The ruling of the first tier Harju county court to exclude leader of the Center Party Edgar Savisaar from the office of mayor of Tallinn in connection with his being a suspect in a corruption investigation, upheld by the Tallinn Circuit Court in October, has been cleared also by the Supreme Court, which has refused to handle an appeal by Savisaar's lawyer Oliver Naas.
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
Ukraine to charge Yanukovych by default in leading criminal group
In near future, Ukrainian prosecutor’s office is charging former President Viktor Yanukovych by default in organising a criminal group, Ukraine’s prosecutor general Viktor Shokin tells Postimees in interview.
13.11.2015, Jaanus PiirsaluPM
Estonian appeals court upholds Savisaar's suspension from office
The Tallinn Circuit Court on Friday upheld the ruling of a first tier court to exclude leader of the Center Party Edgar Savisaar from the office of mayor of Tallinn in connection with his being a suspect in a corruption investigation.
Reasons why Ms and Mr Rosimannus were spared from scrutiny
Postimees delved deep into reasons why outwardly vital criminal investigations were omitted in Autorollo bankruptcy case such as link the incident to top politicians at Reform Party.
21.10.2015, Risto BerendsonPM
In one month, two houses and business premises have been torched in Tallinn and Harju County. The victims are convinced this is the doing of a one-time mutual friend.
06.10.2015, Irina KablukovaPM
Famed electronics firm caught in tax crime
Dark dealings in Ida-Viru County blueberry business help pick apart €1m VAT fraud in Viva.
05.10.2015, Risto BerendsonPM
Russian prisons hold eight Estonians
At the start of this summer, at least eight Estonian citizens convicted for crimes committed in Russia were jailed in Russian prisons.
18.08.2015, Jaanus PriisaluPM
Editorial: corruption crossing borders
The political storm is rather mighty in Latvia, s stirred up by former railway chief Uģis Magonis arrested as suspected in accepting a bribe Thursday night last week.
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.
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
Death of builder raises eyebrows
In theory, anything is possible. The dead man was discovered on a forest path he had no reason to wander. Next to corpse stood sports shoes several sizes smaller. His skull features a large hole, probably by a hit from behind with a blunt object. The conclusion: deranged, the man might have fallen to his own death in dark woods. This, at least, was what prosecutor’s office thinks how Christer Loorents, a builder, perished.
22.04.2015, Risto BerendsonPM
«You’ve done everything right and then the state turns its back on you»
The headline is quoting a foreign investor and entrepreneur after €37,000 were stolen from his company by an executive. Though the theft is evidenced by video materials and falsification of company accounts, this was not reason enough for police to investigate. At least not until Postimees took a journalistic interest.
20.03.2015, Risto BerendsonPM
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
Fast loan sharks seized
The sight in Rahumäe, Tallinn police house parking lot last week was rather unusual: law and order people in private clothing, having held an outwardly calm chat with three guys, pinned the latter to the ground. A criminal gang that spent these past years assuming SMS quick loans and charging instalment purchases using identities of homeless and outcasts was thus apprehended.
11.03.2015, Risto BerendsonPM
Theft of drug money ends in disability
Court hearing commences regarding cruel beating known by dramatic arrest on Virtsu-Kuivastu ferryboat last October.
05.02.2015, Risto BerendsonPM
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.
Militants from Estonia face criminal cases
On basis of information obtained by Security Police and published in media, Office of the Prosecutor General will in near future determine launch of criminal proceedings regarding two terrorist militants from Estonia. This, for the men, may mean jail from five years to life.
26.01.2015, Oliver KundPM
Glamorous crook acted as citizen of Estonia
A jurist posing as Estonian citizen while organising a grand extortion scheme with help by Moscow law enforcement in high likelihood used a fake Estonian passport.
22.01.2015, Risto BerendsonPM
Estonian security service detains member of Afghan war veterans' association
The Estonian Internal Security Service (ISS) on Monday arrested a member of the association of veterans of the Afghanistan war, Karl Paks.
Cop complains about kick by boss
New standard set at solving differences on the job: a policeman just thoroughly demoted during reforms tells internal audit his new superior kicked and verbally abused him at exercises. The kick was a reality, but this week prosecutor’s office closed the case due to lack of necessary elements of criminal offence.
28.11.2014, Risto BerendsonPM
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
15-y-o school shooter says he did not get along with killed teacher
The 15-year-old student who on Monday killed a teacher in a school shooting in the South Estonian town of Viljandi told the police investigators that he did not get along with the teacher.
Editorial: hired by Tallinn
So now we know: as his legal advisor, Mayor of Tallinn has hired former Harju County Court judge Valeri Lõõnik – once in public limelight as the man who at first instance pronounced «not guilty» those accused in the infamous land exchange saga.
Best known Moscow lawyer says fight
The more incriminative the legal system the greater the role of lawyers, says Genrih Padva – a living legend at Russia’s Bar Association.
13.10.2014, Jaanus PiirsaluPM
Human rights activists say Eston Kohver «calm and coping»
Members of Moscow Public Oversight Commission for Prisons (POCP) are the only independents currently allowed to visit Estonia’s Eston Kohver, accused in espionage by FSB, right in the prison cell at Lefortovo, Moscow jailhouse. Estonian Security Police says the man was snatched by FSB while on duty at Estonia-Russia border.
01.10.2014, Jaanus PiirsaluPM
Murder prompted by broken relationship
Detailed questioning of murderer attempting to burn herself and child last December was cut short by suicide of suspect.
18.08.2014, Risto BerendsonPM
President strips three of decorations
Ester Tuiksoo and Kalev Kangur, decisively guilty in accepting of gratuities in the land exchange criminal case, and Toomas Annus as convicted for granting of gratuities, will lose honorary decorations earned years ago.
Drug money laundered in casinos
While chasing street dealers, investigators stumble upon large drug proceeds attempted to be legalized in novel ways.
05.05.2014, Risto BerendsonPM
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
Rural municipality head charged with large-scale embezzlement
The regional prosecutor's office for West Estonia has sent to court a criminal case against the mayor of the rural municipality of Vandra, Peeter Reimann, who stands charged with large-scale embezzlement.
Estonian police open criminal probe into swimmer doping case
The Estonian police has decided to open a criminal proceeding after collecting additional information on the case of an underage swimmer who tested positive for doping at the end of May.
Estonian police consider taking criminal action in swimmer doping case
The police are collecting additional information on the case of an underage Estonian swimmer who tested positive for doping at the Estonia-Finland meet at the end of May and will then decide on its basis whether or not to open a criminal proceeding.