Silvergate: Prosecutors have studied witnesses’ bank accounts23.08.2012, 12:36
Some people who have been asked to give statements as witnesses in the so-called Silvergate affairs say that prosecutors’ have shown them their own bank statements and asked why they deposited 10,000 kroons on their bank accounts or why a relative had transferred funds to them, writes Eesti Päevaleht.
According to Eesti Päevaleht, more than 30 people have been questioned as witnesses in the affair. Most of them are members of the Reform Party whose donations are included in the register of donations.
Although the list of witnesses includes no major businessmen, many of them are said to be wealthy people.
Heili Sepp, the leading public prosecutor, was not available for comment yesterday as to whether it has been justified to demand that banks release bank statements of their customers or whether this is interference of one’s privacy.
Katrin Lunt, press spokesperson of the public prosecutor’s office, said that the office was not commenting its ongoing procedures.
She said that if the case were to go to court, sensitive data such as the names of owners of such bank records would be hidden in court documents.