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Fri, 29 Nov, 2013 03:46:56 AM
FTimes-STT Report, November 29
Minister of the Interior Päivi Räsänen At question time in parliament on 28 November 2013. The right Social Affairs and Health Paula Risikko. Photo – STR/Lehtikuva.
The Interior Minister Päivi Räsänen on Thursday came under fire from lawmakers in the parliament regarding the recent incidents in the police administration particularly the non-registration of informants at Helsinki police about the detained drug unit police chief.
The police representative in the parliament, Tom Packalén of opposition Perussuomalaiset (True Finns) during the questions-answer session complained that the minister's evaluation of police leadership may undermine public confidence on the police administration and sought clarification from her.
Replying to the query, the minister said that the investigation request made to the police regarding the confidentiality of information privacy was justified.
Speaking on the issue, ruling Kansallinen kokoomus (National Coalition Party) lawmaker Ben Zyskowicz said that according to the interpretation of the law, sources of information are not compelled to be recorded by their own names in any register.
The minister, however, said that according to the same law, sources of information should be recorded.
The National Police Board has given a detailed instruction guide to the House on the handling of confidentiality in this regard.
Räsänen said that means of recording sources of information can be done in different manner and as such it can be handled in a way that informant's identity is not revealed.
Earlier on November 21, Interior Minister Päivi Räsänen accused commissioner Paatero of concealing information about the bribery allegations against the drug unit chief of Helsinki police. The minister has also asked the police boss to consider his position.
Police on November 12 arrested Jari Aarnio, chief of Helsinki police’s drug unit, on various charges including taking bribe from a private company.
On November 25, National Police Commissioner Mikko Paatero said he had considered the controversy created over the non-registration of informants at Helsinki police about the detained drug unit police chief and decided to continue discharging duty accordingly.
On the same day Räsänen said she had full support and confidence on Paatero and that he should continue as the head of the police.
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