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Sun, 22 Mar, 2015 12:02:50 AM
FTimes – STT Report, Mar 22
 
Security Police, SUPO. File Photo – Str / Lehtikuva.
The Finnish Security Intelligence Service (Supo) is not aware of aggressive or violent recruitment for the ranks of the terrorist organization ISIS. 
 
Recruitment in Finland is not systematic, as it might be in other large European cities, says Chief Inspector Tuomas Portaankorva.
 
He said, “It’s more a case of prompting or encouragement. There can also be a difference in degree of how people are pressured to join.”
 
The Länsiväylä magazine reported on Saturday on a resident of Espoo with an Iraqi background whom ISIS has tried to recruit into its ranks with threats and ill-treatment.
 
The police are not quite powerless against recruiters for the terrorist organization. According to Portaankorva, the crime rate depends on what activities a person is being recruited for.
 
“Recruiting for acts of terrorism and incitement to crime are criminal offenses. But if you are encouraged to participate in a conflict taking place abroad, it is not in itself a crime,” pointed out Portaankorva.
 
Supo knows of about 60 people who have left for Syria to take part in the fighting.
 
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