Member of Elektrilevi management board suspected of corruption by ISS

  • 2020-01-16
  • BNS/TBT Staff

TALLINN - The Estonian Internal Security Service suspects Taavo Randna, member of the management board of the state-owned electricity distribution system operator Elektrilevi, of accepting a bribe; Randna was apprehended and searches were conducted at his places of work and residence.

Hando Sutter, CEO of the state-owned energy group Eesti Energia, said that the prosecutor's office is working on the case and Eesti Energia does not have much more to say on the matter.

"We will provide information about our activities in writing. This information is so new, so all in good time," Sutter told the Kanal 2 television station.

Minister of Finance Martin Helme, whose area of administration includes the state-owned Elektrilevi, said that the information he has at this point is limited to Randna having been arrested for corruption.

"I have a meeting scheduled for tomorrow with Eesti Energia senior management, in which I will likely receive a more detailed overview of the accusation. I know that the management of Eesti Energia has cooperated with the investigative authorities, and the fact that Eesti Energia has taken rapid action and recalled him [from the management board] was the right thing to do," Helme said. The minister underscored the importance of zero tolerance for corruption.

Randna, who worked as member of Elektrilevi management board from Feb. 1, 2018 and has extensive experience in the company, was in charge of product and service development.

One person has also been apprehended on suspicion of offering a bribe, according to the prosecutor's office.

The supervisory board of Elektrilevi on Wednesday recalled Randna from the company's management board due to loss of confidence.