The mayor of the Estonian capital, the leader of the largest oppositional Centrist party Edgar Savisaar does not intend to resign from the post of mayor and the party Chairman due to allegations of corruption.
“The charges against me are absurd suspicions”, – quotes TASS of Savisaar. According to the mayor, the alleged criminal incident, which is trying to ascribe to him, linked with his return to politics. “I am crystal clear,” said the mayor.
Wednesday, September 23, Savisaar attended the regular meeting of the capital city after which the city government held a special 10-minute press briefing, writes Postimees.
According to the mayor, it’s not the security police, which is merely a tool. “The customer” – said Savisaar and noted that the attacks is IRL – conservative party “Union of Fatherland and Res Publica”. According to Savisaar, now IRL so cornered that the party is trying by all means to destabilize the political situation. The mayor also said that the current coalition is causing Estonia so much damage that soon will lose power.
According to the politician, it is about against him and Centrist campaign. He recalled that similar attacks were made in the past to hide the scandals in the coalition.
On the question, will be serving Savisaar to resign, he replied that he only starts to struggle. “I have not asked, but will ask, and I ask in response,” – said the mayor of Tallinn.
We will remind, on the eve of Tuesday the security police of Estonia detained Edgar Savisaar on suspicion of taking bribes. He has been charged. According to investigators, in 2014 and 2015 Savisaar has repeatedly received “in the form of material benefits and privileges” for himself and “third parties” bribes totalling several hundred thousand euros.
As reported by RIA “Novosti”, the police till midnight he searched the mayor’s house. Searches were held in the premises of his farm Jundzill, where he arrived together with the police. Investigative actions ended around midnight when the police left the village, taking with them a number of documents and computers. The mayor of Tallinn was not arrested and stayed overnight on the farm.
Savisaar in addition, allegations of corruption against several persons suspected of complicity in bribery, and the mediation of bribes, says the report of the security police. It is noted that all the defendants are citizens of Estonia. In particular, the media became aware of the detention of a businessman in the field of construction Aivars of Tuulberg, co-owner of the company Rand & Tuulberg.