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Sat, 14 Dec, 2013 03:52:51 AM
Associates of Helsinki drug police chief likely to be held
Interior Minister terms the crimes serious
FTimes-STT Report, December 14
 
File Photo: Jari Aarnio. Photo – Lehtikuva.
Assets worth about half a million euro – owned by the detained Helsinki drug unit police chief Jari Aarnio – has been confiscated following a court order on Friday, court sources said.
 
Helsinki district court proclaimed the order for freezing the assets of Aarnio, which he is suspected to have earned through unidentified sources.
 
Meanwhile, investigating team sources said some of the associates of the detained police officer might be also arrested for their alleged involvement in the corruption in the Trevoc case.
 
Aarnio was arrested on November 12 on charges of various crimes including taking bribes from a private company.
 
The court, however, kept the detailed information of the order secret.
 
Aarnio, who has denied the charges brought against him, is also suspected of receiving kickbacks from Trevoc Company and involvement in the procurement of supplies from the same company for his employer.
 
Meanwhile, Interior Minister Päivi Räsänen termed the new twists in Aarnio's case as serious and regrettable.
 
The investigation revealed that the drug unit police chief was suspected of serious drug offences and a few of Aarnio's subordinates were going to be arrested.
 
“There is information that the ring of suspects could widen,” the interior minister told STT expressing her concern over the existing situation.
 
Interior Minister,Päivi Räsänen. Photo – Lehtikuva.
Räsänen also said it was essential to earn more and more confidence by the police, particularly the high officials.
 
Earlier, the authority investigating the graft allegations found huge amount of undeclared money spent by Aarnio.
 
The senior investigating officer, prosecutor Jukka Haavisto has confirmed that Aarnio spent more than EUR 200,000 from unknown sources.
 
The money spent for his housing project – under construction in Porvoo – was much higher than the amount showed by the police officer from his salary and bank loans.
 
Sources said the plot was bought in the name of Aarnio's son and after which an application for construction permit was made, although the son did not have taxable income while his wife had zero income.
 
The plot has been used to build a house, garage and sauna, said the newspaper report.
 
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