Today at 10 a.m., the Legal Affairs Committee of the Riigikogu (Parliament of Estonia) will hold a sitting to discuss the responsibility of authorities concerning Danske Bank money laundering case.
Chairman of the Committee Jaanus Karilaid said that he had convened the sitting in order to find out why nobody had taken the responsibility for the case of money laundering through the Estonian branch of Danske Bank.
“We would like to get answers from the supervisory agency and the investigative bodies on how this criminal deception could be carried out through Estonia for such a long time, and if the authorities have done everything they can to investigate it,” Karilaid added.
In Karilaid’s opinion, it is also necessary to discuss how to avoid such extensive criminal schemes in the future.
Deputy Chairman of the Committee Uno Kaskpeit thinks that the money-laundering scheme is a very regrettable case that damages Estonia’s reputation and interests. “I think that different agencies share the responsibility here,” he said. “We have to achieve clarity on the reasons why the laundering of billions of euro could take place for a long time, so that it never again be possible
Minister of Justice Urmas Reinsalu, Prosecutor General Lavly Perling, Chairman of the Management Board of the Financial Supervision Authority Kilvar Kessler, Director of the Central Criminal Police Aivar Alavere, Head of the Financial Intelligence Unit of the Police and Border Guard Board Madis Reimand, and representatives of the Penal Law and Procedure Division of the Ministry of Justice`s Criminal Policy Department, the Public Order and Criminal Policy Department of the Ministry of the Interior and the Ministry of Finance have been invited to attend the sitting of the Committee.