Incoming chief prosecutor planning to improve investigation of economic crimes

  • 2020-01-10
  • BNS/TBT Staff

TALLINN - Andres Parmas, the incoming prosecutor general of Estonia, is not planning to carry out any fundamental changes in the makeup of the prosecutor's office, what he intends to focus on instead is improving the investigation of economic crimes, the online news portal of public broadcaster ERR reports.

"Things can always be done better and to higher standards. There are a few key areas I would like to point out where the prosecutor's office has perhaps been somewhat less effective and delivered weaker results, such as the recovery, confiscation and detection of criminal proceeds as well as the capacity to handle economic crimes more broadly," he told the "Aktuaalne kaamera" newscast of ERR.

Parmas noted that the prosecutor's office likewise has some room for improvement when it comes to detecting cyber crime.

The new prosecutor general is presently not planning to make any changes to the personnel of the prosecutor's office.

"I don't think this would be the most reasonable start, particularly considering that I am an outsider. I will firstly definitely need some time to acquaint myself with the functioning of this organization from the inside, and it is only after this that I could start making any such decisions. Coming to work on your first day with a list of people who have got to go or move to a different office would not be the smartest move," he said.

When asked to comment on a claim by Minister of the Interior Mart Helme alleging that those who do not believe that there is a deep state are themselves the deep state, Parmas said that he is not part of such a setup.

"I also believe that Estonia is indeed governed by the rule of law and that I will be able to do my job within the framework of the Constitution and laws," he said.