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Wed, 26 Oct, 2016 12:02:38 AM
FTimes – STT Report, Oct 26
 
Patria logo the company's offices in Helsinki, Kaivokatu 10, 3. january 2011. Photo – Lehtikuva.
Former senior officials at military hardware manufacturer Patria have called for state compensa-tion of more than 120,000 euros for the prosecution of a bribery case. The company's ex-employees of Slovenia and Croatia markets were acquitted in the proceedings.
 
Two ex-directors acquitted in the aggravated bribery case have demanded compensation for their detentions and travel bans.
 
Reijo Niittynen has called for legal costs and damages over 74,000 euros, of which the state has already paid 21,000. Heikki Hulkkonen, in turn, has demanded court costs and compensation of just over 48,000 euros, of which the state has paid more than 15,000 euros.
 
The former leaders justify their compensations costs with the disadvantages to the labour market created by the negative publicity. The matter was discussed on the national broadcaster Yle's in-vestigative programme MOT in the years 2008 and 2012.
 
In September 2016, the police decided to initiate a preliminary investigation of whether Patria was receiving excessive media coverage. The police did not specify whether the MOT pro-gramme was under investigation.
 
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