Estonia’s Interior Minister on Sunday called for an inquiry into the death of the former head of Danske Bank’s Estonian branch, which is at the centre of investigations into the world’s largest money-laundering scandal.
Last week, police in Estonia discovered the body of Aivar Rehe, who ran the Danish bank’s Estonian operations between 2007 and 2015 and had been among those questioned as a witness in a probe by Estonian prosecutors.
Police said at the time that Mr. Rehe’s death would not be investigated.
Interior Minister Mart Helme said he planned to push for a full investigation of Mr. Rehe’s death after he receives a report on Sept. 30 on the police actions earlier this week.
“I will wait for the report on Monday and then the next steps will follow. This has to be cleared to the public,” Mr. Helme said in his party’s weekly radio show.
“A person has died and the circumstances of his death have to be investigated to the level of all details and they have to be presented to the public to avoid all doubts,” Mr. Helme said.
Mr. Helme is head of the far-right EKRE party, which joined a coalition cabinet for the first time after Estonia’s March elections.
Danske Bank, Denmark’s largest lender, is under investigation in several countries, including the United States, Denmark, Britain and Estonia, over suspicious payments totalling €200-billion ($290-billion) that were moved through its tiny Estonian branch during the period Mr. Rehe was in charge.
The Danske Bank affair is the largest in a series of European money-laundering scandals, stretching from Latvia to Sweden.