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Mon, 22 Sep, 2014 12:32:30 AM
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An employee of a prison psychiatric hospital in Turku is suspected of unlawfully opening letters sent to inmates, reported the Finnish language daily Helsingin Sanomat.

The worker is also suspected of stealing money inside the envelopes.

The police are treating the case as aggravated violation of confidentiality, theft and malfeasance.

The matter is suspected to concern just under a hundred prisoners who were sent letters by relatives and acquaintances.

According to the police, some of the letters were sent along with money. The exact amount of money stolen is not yet clear.

Hannu Lauerma, the hospital’s chief doctor, told the newspaper that the worker’s boss had started to raise suspicions about irregularities and afterwards the hospital informed the police.

According to Lauerma, the suspect has been suspended.

The Helsingin Sanomat said the worker denies the accusation.

Prison employees are entitled to open and read letters sent to prisoners only under certain circumstances as defined by the law.
 
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