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Jari Aarnio, a former head of drug enforcement at Helsinki Police Department, spoke to reporters in central Helsinki on 19 June after his release by the Helsinki Court of Appeal.
Jari Aarnio, a former head of drug enforcement at Helsinki Police Department, spoke to reporters in central Helsinki on 19 June after his release by the Helsinki Court of Appeal.

 

Jari Aarnio, a former head of drug enforcement at Helsinki Police Department, has been arrested in connection with a murder investigation, reports YLE.

Aarnio is suspected of having neglected his duties to expose and foil a conspiracy to kill a Swedish-Turkish man in Helsinki in 2003. He was interrogated in connection with the contract killing on Thursday, Jukka Haavisto, the prosecutor in charge of the investigation, revealed to Helsingin Sanomat.

A total of four people have been convicted of involvement in the killing that took place in Vuosaari, Helsinki, in October 2003. The National Bureau of Investigation (KRP) re-opened the case in July 2017.

The Swedish Turkish man, Volkan Ünsal, had previously been in a witness protection programme in Sweden after providing information to support a police investigation into a much publicised armed robbery at Stockholm Arlanda Airport in 2002.

Haavisto told the public broadcasting company that he has yet to decide whether or not to issue a detention request for Aarnio, who was arrested on Wednesday. Finnish laws prescribe that detention requests must be filed no later than at noon on the third day after the arrest.

“We’ll take it slowly and systematically. We’re waiting for the suspect’s counsel to get here,” he stated.

The Helsinki Court of Appeal in June released Aarnio to wait for a decision on his appeal against a 13-year prison sentence handed down one-and-a-half years earlier for a slew of serious offences, including aggravated drug offences. He is believed to have been involved in smuggling substantial amounts of hashish into Finland.

A decision on the appeal is not expected until next year.

Aleksi Teivainen – HT
Photo: Miika Siltalahti – Lehtikuva
Source: Uusi Suomi

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