TALLINN - The legal affairs committee of the Estonian parliament has decided to make a proposal to the government to deliberate whether the 1994 Estonia ferry disaster should be investigated further, the "Aktuaalne kaamera" evening news program of Estonia's public broadcaster ERR reported on Monday.
The proposal was prompted by a collective appeal seeking that the wreck of the ferry Estonia be raised from the sea bottom. A new investigation has also been requested by the next of kin of the victims, and the government has formed a work group on the matter, which is to present its report by the end of March.
Chairman of the legal affairs committee and member of the Center Party Jaanus Karilaid said that the committee has not taken a position in terms of whether or not a new investigation is required; however, one should be initiated, should any new facts be uncovered, he said.
"We're requesting [for the government] to deliberate if any new circumstances have emerged by 2020 prompting further inquiry, be it in the form of raising the wreck of the ferry or conducting an investigation at the bottom of the sea with the help of a diving robot. The relevant institutions of the executive power are the ones with the most information, and there are a number of them. [The legal affairs committee is requesting for] this information to be compiled by a work group and for a decision to be made subsequently. The legal affairs committee has not taken a decision on how to proceed if any new circumstances emerge -- common sense says that this would naturally warrant an investigation," Karilaid said.