Businessman faces prison for hiring a contract killer18.04.2012, 10:36
Public prosecutor is demanding a three-month prison sentence for businessman Andus Sukles who is accused of having hired a contract killer to assassinate his former business partner Tullio Liblik.
Sukles is believed to have made an advance payment of 1,000 euros to a middleman of an assassin who was actually an undercover policeman who used the name of Lembit Vares.
According to court records, Sukles and Vares met for the first time in the café of the Sikupilli shopping centre on August 19, 2010.
Sukles and Vares met two times and the court has recordings made during the meeting where Sukles asks Vares whether he would be interested to take the job.
Vares then set up a meeting between Sukles and a Lithuanian by the name of ALeksejs Siljavins who was also undercover.
Sukles gave Siljavnis photos of Liblik, information about Liblik’s habits and movements and 1,000 euros in prepayment.
Sukles has denied having ordered the murder.
Sukles and Liblik are former business partners and had been jointly developing a housing estate near Pärnu.