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Tue, 28 Jan, 2014 12:23:18 AM
FTimes-STT Report, January 28
File picture of ATK director Timo Räty at Helsinki District Court on November 13, 2013. Photo – Lehtikuva.
A former chief of the country’s Transport Workers’ Union (AKT) and two other top ranking former officials were convicted on Monday, on charge of harassing a senior official of the union in the workplace.
The Helsinki District Court found Timo Räty, the former director of AKT guilty following a case lodged by Hilkka Ahdetta, former head of the union’s communication department.
Räty was sentenced to 80-day fines, while the AKT was fined 20,000 euros in corporate fine.
In addition, Räty and the AKT were ordered to pay a total of 12,000 euro to Ahdetta as compensation for the legal costs incurred.
The court also convicted former chairman of the union Heikki Harakka and former vice chairman of the union Veijo Ruonala and ordered to realise fines of their 30 days salary from them.
According to the court ruling the two failed to intervene regarding Räty’s actions.
The lawyer representing Ahdetta expressed delight saying that they were satisfied with the court's decision and that Ahdetta could now rejoice.
Ahdetta downplayed the significance of the 12,000 euro compensation she was awarded by the court, saying the 40,000 euro she had sought was appropriate according to the valuation of her defence.
Meanwhile, Heikki Lampela, the lawyer of the convicted Timo Räty, expressed his disappointment after his client was found guilty.
Lampela said his client was disappointed, but did not give clarify whether an appeal would be filed. 
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