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Minister of Economic Affairs Mika Lintilä (Centre) was photographed heading to a meeting of the Centre Party in Helsinki on 8 February, 2018.
Minister of Economic Affairs Mika Lintilä (Centre) was photographed heading to a meeting of the Centre Party in Helsinki on 8 February, 2018.

 

Mika Lintilä (Centre), the minister responsible for ownership steering, is not satisfied with a report submitted to him by Patria regarding the recent death of a Finnish businessman in Uganda, writes Iltalehti.

Lintilä had asked the state-owned defence contractor to compile a report on why it failed to do its due diligence before giving the businessman a permission to market its products in Uganda and Mozambique.

The middle-aged man was found dead in a hotel room in Kampala, the capital of Uganda, in early February. His cause of death has yet been confirmed.

Olli Isotalo, the CEO of Patria, admitted to YLE on Monday that mistakes were made in giving the marketing permission to the businessman but added that the sales manager who gave the permission was not authorised to do so.

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Lintilä revealed that the report confirms that the state-owned company neglected to do its due diligence in granting the permission. “We’ll have to get clarification on why the rules weren’t followed,” he stated to Iltalehti on Wednesday.

“This calls for some further examination. We’ll have to continue the talks with Patria,” he added.

He also assured that he continues to have confidence in the management of the state-owned defence contractor.

Christer Granskog, the chairman of the board at Patria, similarly reminded in an interview with YLE on Wednesday that the management of the company is not a party to the case, as the error of judgement occurred elsewhere in the organisation.

“The guidelines are relatively apt. Of course we’ll have to look at supervision and remind [staff] how to operate,” he said to the public broadcasting company.

Aleksi Teivainen – HT
Photo: Markku Ulander – Lehtikuva
Source: Uusi Suomi

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