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Sat, 21 Dec, 2013 04:41:28 AM
FTimes-STT Report, December 21
File photo of Helsinki drug police chief Jari Aarnio. Photo – Lehtikuva.
Petri Rainiala, the deputy of the Helsinki Drug Unit Police’s suspended head Jari Aarnio, has been accused of breaching duty and official position.
Rainiala was accused of maintaining telephone conversation with the wife of Aarnio regarding the situation of the ongoing investigation, which was tapped by the National Bureau of Investigation, reported a Finnish language newspaper Suomen Kuvalehti on Friday.
Aarnio's wife wanted to discuss with her husband's colleague and friend on what happens during interrogation and issues, said the report.
Talking to STT, Petri Rainiala, however, denied the allegation of breaching the code of services.
"I will not comment anymore on the issue. Generally serious criminal offences are followed up by investigations, but care should be taken going overboard," he told STT.
Suomen Kuvalehti report said that criminal inspector Petri Rainiala is suspected of hindering the pre-trail investigations surrounding Aarnio's alleged crimes.
The NBI interrogated Rainiala for several hours on various issues of the case.
Jukka Haavisto, the head of the investigations did not want to comment to Suomen Kuvalehti on the issue related to Rainiala’s alleged offence.
"Unfortunately I cannot comment on the issue at the moment as the investigation is on," he told the Suomen Kuvalehti.
Earlier, three police officers were arrested on December 14 for their alleged involvement in the corruption charges brought against Helsinki Police’s detained Drug Unit chief Jari Aarnio.
They were, however, released from the custody after two days of interrogation.
Meanwhile, the defence lawyer of Aarnio claimed that the investigations were related to a disagreement between the police drug squad and the National Bureau of Investigation that took place during a joint operation of the two groups in the past.
On December 13, assets worth about half a million euro – owned by Jari Aarnio – had been confiscated following a court order.
Helsinki district court proclaimed the order for freezing Aarnio’s assets, which he allegedly earned from undisclosed sources.
Aarnio was arrested on November 12 on charges of various crimes including taking bribe from a private company.
He is also suspected for receiving kickbacks from Trevoc Company and being involved in the procurement of supplies from the same company for his employer.
Earlier, the authority investigating the graft allegations also traced a huge amount of undeclared money spent by Aarnio. He was accused of spending 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 against Aarnio's son’s name, although he did not have taxable income, and his wife’s income was zero. The plot was used to build a house, garage and sauna.
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