Eesti in brief - 2008-05-14

  • 2008-05-14
Border guards have detained five Colombians and four Chinese nationals during an attempt to enter Estonia through Narva with a forged Schengen visa. Two of the Colombians were fined 6,000 kroons (383 euro) while the rest of the offenders received 1,500 kroon (96 euro) fines. Proceedings with the Chinese nationals are still ongoing. According to the Columbian detainees their visas were issued via a travel agency and none of them were aware of the forgery.

Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands is to make a state visit to Estonia on May 15. Queen Beatrix will meet President Toomas Hendrik Ilves, Speaker of Parliament Ene Ergma and Prime Minister Andrus Ansip in Kadriorg Palace on May 14. The president and his wife will also host a formal dinner in honor of the Queen the same evening. Queen Beatrix will also meet with Tallinn City Mayor Edgar Savisaar and visit the Town Hall, followed by a walk in the Old Town and participation in a presentation of urban development at the Museum of Estonia. She will also visit the KUMU Art Museum and Tehnopol technology park. Queen Beatrix is expected to travel to Saaremaa to visit the Town Hall Square of the island and plant a tree in the park of the Episcopal Castle.

A County Court on May 12 banned the public screening and distribution of the film "Magnus," written and directed by Kadri Kousaar. The ruling, presided over by Justice Ele Liiv, bans the screening and distribution of the film in Estonia, all member states of the European Union and elsewhere over the next seven years. All formats of reproduction, including DVDs and Web pages, are also forbidden.  The court upheld the arguments contained in a lawsuit by the alleged prototype of one of the film's female characters, who accused the film of infringing her privacy. The plaintiff said the reference in the film to her cardiac insufficiency corresponds to truth but its publication constitutes an infringement of her privacy.