Former minister pleads not guilty to bribery

  • 2008-09-05
  • In cooperation with BNS
TALLINN - A former Estonian environment minister has pled not guiltyto charges that e demanded a large bribe while in office.

Villu Reiljan, 54, a parliamentarian with the People's Unionand a former environment minister, stood trial alongside Tarmo Sild, 32, andbusinessman Aivo Parn, 40. The two other defendants are accused of mediating abribe and promising to pay a bribe.

"I have not asked for a bribe either directly or via someone, neither formyself nor for People's Union. I have not made anyfavorable decision with regard to Parn's companies," Reiljan told the court.

According to the indictment, while he held the Cabinet position Reiljan demandeda bribe of 1.5 million kroons (95,850 euros) from Parn, an executive with ASWipestrex Grupp, through the mediation of Tarmo Sild.

Parn and Sild have also pled not guilty to the charges.