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Fri, 27 Nov, 2015 12:05:02 AM
FTimes – STT Report, Nov 27
 
Helsinki drug police, the former head of Jari Aarnio leaves the lunch break on the Helsinki District Court on 26 November 2015, File Photo – Str / Lehtikuva.
After a long pre-trial detention and release from solitary confinement, the former chief detective of Helsinki’s police antidrug unit Jari Aarnio described his prison stay as tough.
 
“I can say it was quite hard,” Aarnio said in the Helsinki District Court before the start of the session.
 
Aarnio said that he missed his loved ones and friends the most during that time. Aarnio's isolation in prison was strict. He says that until the end of the pre-trial detention, he had not met another prisoner. “The doors were always closed.”
 
The Helsinki District Court freed Aarnio yesterday from two years of pre-trial detention. His trial, though, will continue for months.
 
Aarnio came to the session for the first time outside police custody on Thursday morning. Aarnio is charged with numerous drug and official offences for which the prosecution has called for a 13-year prison sentence. Aarnio denies all charges.
 
Aarnio said that defense is a lot easier when you are free and able to contact an attorney.
 
The former head of the narcotics division says he was surprised at his release.
 
“Belief has been really hard in this situation,” Aarnio said.
 
Aarnio has not said where he intends to settle after obtaining his freedom. He has not spoken about security arrangements. “It is an issue which must be taken into account, family safety as well.”
 
 
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