The defendant was accused under the Penal Code article 298 (2) section 1 of continuously offering bribe to E. Savisaar.
With County Court’s decision the court terminated the proceeding on the grounds that the limitation period had been exceeded.
During the proceeding in the county court A. Kofkin’s lawyers repeatedly brought out to the court’s attention the violation of reasonable time requirements in the criminal proceeding that had been going on since February 2011.
Previously county court rejected those applications. During the court proceeding attorney Aivar Pilv requested the court to reconsider the facts and evidence that refer to the violation of the reasonable time requirement and to formulate its final position in a situation where more than 8 years had elapsed since the proceedings began. The court disagreed with attorneys application, with what attorneys asked the court to acquit A. Kofkin for the lack of offense in his actions.
It was thoroughly and extensively analysed in attorney’s defence speech that why the collected evidence and facts during the lengthy criminal proceeding did not support the indictment. Since the court terminated the proceeding on the grounds that the limitation period had been exceeded then therefore the court did not give judgement on attorneys other positions to acquit the defendant for the lack of offense in his actions. The court’s decision has not entered into force and it can be appealed after the publication of the motivated court decision.