Erki Kergandberg and Elmer Muna comment on charges brought against Liviko in the business daily Äripäev

03.11.2014 Erki Kergandberg and Elmer Muna comment on charges brought against Liviko in the business daily Äripäev

This spring, the Office of the Prosecutor General brought charges against several retailers and alcohol producer Liviko, accusing them of concluding an agreement with competitors on the increase of the retail prices of certain brands of vodka in 2009.

The defence counsel of Liviko, TGS Baltic partner Erki Kergandberg noted in court that he understood the charges in grammatical terms but Liviko did not plead guilty. Mr Kergandberg added that the charges brought by the prosecutor were groundless and Liviko had neither concluded any agreement with any competitor nor engaged in concerted practices.

The defence attorney for the supermarket chain Selver, TGS Baltic senior associate Elmer Muna, said that the charges were vague and there was no evidence. He added that Liviko and Selver as members of the same group were allowed to discuss matters between themselves. “In my opinion the charges are unfounded”, Mr Muna said.