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Wed, 24 Sep, 2014 12:03:46 AM
FTimes-STT Report, Sept 24
Detained former Helsinki drug police chief Jari Aarnio. File Photo – Lehtikuva.
Three police officers of Kuopio are implicated in the crimes that former head of Helsinki police anti-narcotic unit Jari Aarnio is charged with, reported the Finnish language tabloid Iltalehti.
According to the report, an operation led by the Oulu police and lead prosecutor in the Aarnio case, Jukka Haavisto, was conducted on Monday in Kuopio that saw the arrests of three drug police officers.
According to unconfirmed reports, the operation led to confiscation of computers and records.
The operation is related to common drug investigations several years ago in which the Kuopio police officers would have given Aarnio illegal telecommunications data.
Eastern Finland Police Department deputy chief Kai Markkula confirmed that Monday’s operation related to pre-trial investigation continued on Tuesday.
According to Markkula, the nature of the suspected crimes is related to malfeasance.
Earlier on February 5, three other policemen who had served under Aarnio were arrested in connection with the investigations surrounding Jari Aarnio.
They were release after interrogation. Two of them, however, were suspended.
Aarnio was arrested on November 12, 2013 on charges of crimes including taking bribes from a private company.  
He is also suspected of receiving kickbacks from Trevoc Company and being involved in procurement of supplies from the same company for his employer.
Almost 30 charges have so far been pressed against Aarnio. The former chief of the Helsinki police drug unit, however, denies all of them.
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