Ilta-Sanomat reports that police conducted a house search in Roihuvuori, Helsinki, on Saturday. Police said the operation is part of an ongoing investigation but declined to confirm reports it is related to the sex crimes investigation. (Credit: Antti Aimo-Koivisto – Lehtikuva)

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THREE MEN of immigrant backgrounds were arrested on suspicion of aggravated rape and aggravated child sexual abuse in Helsinki on Saturday, Pekka Korhonen, a detective chief inspector at Helsinki Police Department, has confirmed to Helsingin Sanomat.

The offences are believed to have taken place between 1 November 2018 and 9 January 2019, according to a press release from Helsinki Police Department.

STT on Sunday reported that the offences may have taken place in a flat in eastern Helsinki.

Ilta-Sanomat, in turn, wrote about a house search conducted by police in Roihuvuori, Helsinki, sparking speculation that the operation is related to the pre-trial investigation opened into the suspected sex crimes.

Helsinki Police Department has declined to confirm such reports and, overall, remained tight-lipped about further details of the case, including the number and age of the victims. It stated yesterday only that the pre-trial investigation remains ongoing and that it will release further information about the case during the course of Monday.

The Finnish criminal code defines child sexual abuse as the performance of a sexual act on an under 16-year-old child.

Reports of the case prompted a response also from Prime Minister Juha Sipilä (Centre).

“Depressing news from Helsinki. Police are now investigating, and the judicial system will convict. My thoughts are with the victim and her loved ones. Every child has a right to bodily integrity and every sex crime against a child is one too many,” he said on Twitter on Sunday.

Aleksi Teivainen – HT
Source: Uusi Suomi

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