Russian Duma protests over Estonian war hero trial
88-year-old Meri is accused of involvement in the mass deportation of Estonian nationals in 1949 by the Soviet authorities.
Estonian law has no statute of limitation on such crimes.
If convicted, Meri could spend the rest of his life in prison.
Meanwhile, Meri says the accusations against him are unjust. He admits he took part in deportations, but says his role was to ensure their lawfulness.
“We had to make sure that the rights of those deported were not violated, that there was no abuse, no mistreatment,” Arnold Meri notes.