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The Helsinki police are investigating whether national broadcaster Yle news coverage of Patria meets aggravated defamation.
 
Lead investigator Harri Saaristola said the decision to begin the preliminary investigation will be made this week.
 
Saaristola did not specify whether them matter concerns Yle MOT investigative programme on Patria bribery suspicions for the period 2008 and 2012.
 
Saaristola also did not state how many people are suspected in the case.
 
Former Patria senior officials Heikki Hulkkonen and Reijo Niittynen sent news agency STT a statement on the initiation of the preliminary investigation.The former officials made the request for investigation in May.
 
The police were requested to investigated whether someone in Yle committed defamation.
 
The request for investigation concerns the allegations presented in Yle MOT programme series, the "Totuus Patriasta" (Truth About Patria) and Totuus Patriasta 2 (Truth About Patria 2) as well as online articles related to the series.
 
Kirsi-Marja Okkonen, the Media Regulation Manager at national broadcaster Yle said that she had heard about the ex-Patria officials statement.
 
"We have not received any official contact" Okkonen said.
 
Okkonen said that there is no pending judicial process concerning Yle or Yle journalists in Finland or abroad.
 
"We are waiting calmly whether something would happen and if so then what," Okkonen added.
 
MOT producer who began in 2010 Renny Jokelin on Friday stated that there was nothing to say.
 
"We are not commenting in any way because we have not received any form of documents from the police," Jokelin said.
 
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