Imprisoned former KAPO official convicted of additional crime

Indrek Põder, a former high-level official for the Internal Security Services who was sentenced to prison for bribery and influence peddling in 2012, has been convicted of leaking sensitive information and received three-month prison term that will be added to his existing four-year prison term, reported Postimees.

Põder’s case is considered the worst-ever working accident of KAPO since 1991.

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Businessman expands his media empire by acquiring BNS

Margus Linnamae who has extensive holdings in the Estonian pharmaceutical business has acquired a 55 percent holding in the news agency Baltic News Service through his company MM Grupp.

Last year, Linnamae acquired Eesti Meedia, publisher of Postimees daily, from Norwegian media group Schibsted.

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A secret committee blocking asylum-seekers from Estonia?

A new report published yesterday by the Estonian Human Rights Centre shows that the number of people who receive asylum in Estonia decreased last year.

While in 2012, Estonia approved 13 applications out of 77, last year the figures were 7 and 97.

Anni Säär from the Estonian Human Rights Centre said that one reason for it is the special committee that was set up at the Police and Borderguard Authority to assess asylum applications.

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