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Fri, 09 May, 2014 03:16:40 AM
Allegations of having sex against 2 female colleagues
FTimes-STT Report, May 9

A court is due today to give its judgement in a defamation case against a Valkeakoski-based police sergeant who claimed last year that two female police officers had a sexual relationship with each other.

The prosecution said the police sergeant made the allegation at least twice and is guilty of defamation.

The sergeant together with two other police officers is also accused of persuading a male colleague to give false testimony during the pre-trial investigations.

The sergeant denied all the charges during the hearing at the Pirkanmaa District Court.

The court is due to decide today whether the sergeant is guilty of defamation or not.

According to the Pirkaanmaa police chief, Markku Luoma, the collision in Valkeakoski had been brewing for a long time. “It is about personal relationships between people and not issues related to work,” said Luoma, adding that such happenings of course do affect work.

Such problems, according to Luoma, can be solved through efforts of those in charge and the labour protection authorities.

National Police Commissioner Mikko Paatero deems the Valkeakoski incident exceptional.

“I hope the current climate is such that bullying is not allowed,” said Paatero in an interview with the STT.

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