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Sat, 24 Oct, 2015 01:01:32 AM
FTimes-STT Report, Oct 24

The Helsinki Appeals Court on Friday issued a rare judgment on Friday, fining a district court judge because two men were unjustly imprisoned during investigation.

The Eastern-Uusimaa district court judge had failed to ensure that Vantaa Prison was informed of an exemption to remand two prisoners.

One of the men spent more than two weeks in custody when he should have been free.

Over the two-month pre-trial detention, for example, one of the men's phone usage was restricted.

District judge Mikael Selander denied the charges and said that he gave the decision to his secretary to remand the men, but the decision inadvertently never made it to the prison.

Sanctions against judges are very rare, said deputy director general of the Ministry of Justice Heikki Liljeroos. Sometimes a year will go by without any cases against a judge.

On Friday, the prosecution asked for Chancellor of Justice Jaakko Jonkka. Rapporteur councilor Markus Löfman from the attorney general's office says that, as is usual in these cases, things have been delayed, for example, the processing of the judge.

“This is a rather unique case. I can't remember one similar.”

The appeals court counsellor Risto Niemiluoto also cannot remember a similar case.

“Fortunately, this is a rare case,” he said.

“There are no questions or shortcomings in the guidelines [for this case], and now all that is left is to comply with the guidelines,” he added

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