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Corruption-accused Tallinn ex-Mayor would not negotiate with prosecutor

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Tallinn ex-Mayor, Councilman Edgar Savisaar

Tallinn ex-mayor Edgar Savisaar, who is a defendant in a large-scale political corruption case, has said he would not go for a plea bargain with the prosecutor to end case.

Estonian public broadcaster ERR reported on Sunday, October 7, that Savisaar, asked why he has not opted for a plea bargain, in which case the matter might have been resolved a long time ago, Savisaar said that he wouldn’t think of doing that given that the proceedings against him are politically motivated.

«I don’t know of any political trial where people would have cared about the truth,» the heavy-weight of Estonian politics responded to ERR at a hospital, explaining defiantly that he had nothing to agree on with the prosecutor.

Estonian political heavyweight Savisaar, who was suspended from the office of Mayor of Tallinn with a court order in 2015. The trial in a large-scale corruption case with him as a defendant continues with interruptions since 2017.

The politician has denied any wrongdoing.

ERR’s interview with the former Centre Party chairman took place in a hospital in Jõgeva.

The defendant’s poor health has been an issue in his ongoing trial, with the Harju County Court ruling earlier in 2018 to stop it. The ruling was overruled by the next-tier court, and now it is before the Supreme Court.


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