MEP Madison was at police station at same time as Hannes Rumm

  • 2019-08-26
  • BNS/TBT Staff

TALLINN - In November 2018, MEP and member of the Estonian Conservative People's Party (EKRE) Jaak Madison was at a police station in an assistant police officer's capacity at the same time as Hannes Rumm, the then foreign policy adviser to former foreign minister Sven Mikser (SDE), Postimees reports.

Rumm had been brought to the station after being caught driving while intoxicated.

Tuuli Harson, spokesperson for the Police and Border Goard Board (PPA) told Postimees that the police is currently checking whether the information relating to Rumm's violation was handled in accordance with requirements.

"As Jaak Madison, in an assistant police officer's capacity, on that day was at the same station where Rumm was taken for the initiation of proceedings, the PPA is currently checking if Madison may have had any contact with him at the station. According to the information we currently have, they were on the police station's premises at the same time," Harson said.

Harson added that the requirements imposed on assistant police officers, which are provided by the Assistant Police Officer Act and a ministerial order, do not include a prohibition against being a member of a political party. 

The Police and Border Guard Act, however, stipulates that unlike assistant police officers, police officers cannot belong to a political party.