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Sorainen Successful for Estonian State in State Liability Case

Sorainen Successful for Estonian State in State Liability Case

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Sorainen has successfully represented the Estonian State, acting through the Estonian Internal Security Service, in a civil dispute connected to a criminal proceeding.

According to Sorainen, “the dispute arose when a third party (legal successor of a company registered in Hong Kong) claimed recovery of nearly EUR 880,000 of assets, currently seized as a part of the criminal proceedings as the criminal income (bribe) that the management board members of Port of Tallinn allegedly received from the Turkish and Polish contractors. This is the first time a third party demanded on such legal grounds from the state authorities to recover assets in the civil proceedings while the same assets have already been seized in the criminal proceedings. The outcome of this case might affect whether the seized criminal income related to one of the biggest bribery scandals over the past years will remain frozen until the end of the criminal court proceedings.”

Sorainen represented the Estonian State before the Harju County Court, the Tallinn Circuit Court, and the Supreme Court of Estonia, obtaining favorable rulings on all levels.

Sorainen’s team included Partner Allar Joks, Senior Associate Albert Linntam, and Associate Kati Rohtla.

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