A MAN SUSPECTED OF INVOLVEMENT IN A CHILD SEX ABUSE RING in Oulu has been arrested in Germany and is expected to be returned to Finland to face charges at some point within the next few weeks.
The suspect is believed to have taken part in the sustained sexual abuse of several underage girls in the northern city of Oulu earlier in the year, alongside seven other men of foreign-born origins. The case has attracted widespread outrage and revulsion across the country, as the grim allegations have emerged over a period of months.
The suspect is a male aged between 20 and 30 and is wanted in connection with the aggravated rape of a girl younger than 15. He had previously been arrested on German soil, before being quickly released following an apparent mix-up among the German police.
He was re-arrested in the German city of Saarbrücken on Wednesday evening, with conversations between Finnish and German authorities now ongoing. In a statement to News Now Finland, the leading detective on the case, Superintendent Markus Kiiskinen, has said that “it will take about two to four weeks to move him to Finland. Sometime during January, depending on how fast the process goes, because there is a certain process between Finnish and German police”.
The list of suspects involved in the case includes both foreign and Finnish citizens and has ignited a heated debate over asylum and immigration policy in Finland.
Adam Oliver Smith – HT