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Detention of Iraqis on New Year’s Eve
FTimes- STT Report, Jan 8
 
Interior Minister Petteri Orpo. File Photo Lehtikuva.
Interior Minister Petteri Orpo did not confirm a report that the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) had intelligence about the asylum seekers detained on New Year’s Eve in Kirkkonummi were to provoke harassment similar to that in Cologne, Germany.
 
This is contrary to what was earlier reported by the news agency STT based on Yle online news which since has been modified.
 
Speaking to Yle Ykkösaamu (morning breakfast) programme, Orpo only said that the police had information that criminal activities were planned in the country on New Year’s Eve. The minister, however, did not elaborate on the exact details.
 
Similarly, lead investigator Thomas Elfgren from NBI on Thursday did not confirm reports that a similar disturbance to what happened in Cologne was planned in Kirkkonummi.
 
According to the commercial broadcaster MTV, the police had received a tip from the reception centre that a dozen Iraqi men were planning to head to Helsinki to cause mayhem and rape.
 
Investigations, according to MTV, have, however, established that such plans did not actually exist or may actually have been exaggerated.
 
The police arrested six Iraqi men at the Aavaranta reception centre on the grounds of maintaining law and order. The detained were later freed. The police did not mention that it was about a terrorist suspicion.
 
Foreign men are suspected of ransacking in Cologne and harassing women on the New Year Eve.
 
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