Prime Minister Juha Sipilä (Centre) was surrounded by members of the media at the Oulu City Hall on Saturday, 12 January 2019. (Credit: Timo Heikkala – Lehtikuva)

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THE FINNISH GOVERNMENT will hold an extraordinary meeting today due to the “inhumane and condemnable” events that have transpired in Oulu, North Ostrobothnia, Prime Minister Juha Sipilä (Centre) said on Sunday.

Another similar meeting has been scheduled for Friday, according to Sipilä.

Antti Kaikkonen, the chairperson of the Centre Parliamentary Group, said earlier on Sunday he has invited all parliamentary groups to discuss the recent revelations about suspected sex crimes against children in Oulu and Helsinki.

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“Sex crimes against children are categorically condemnable. I invite all parliamentary groups to convene to discuss measures to prevent the kind of crimes we have now witnessed. Everyone arriving in Finland must live by the laws of our country and respect the bodily integrity of others,” he underscored on Twitter.

The same proposal was made also by Antti Lindtman, the chairperson of the Social Democratic Parliamentary Group.

Lindtman viewed that the parliamentary groups should agree on concrete measures to combat sex crimes against children before the next parliamentary elections in order to send a strong, united message that decision makers are capable of making quick decisions to prevent crimes that seriously test the public sense of justice.

He also listed six proposals that could be presented to the Parliament before mid-April.

The Parliament’s Administration Committee, he said, should ask the government to supplement its amendments to the aliens act to enable authorities to strip people convicted of sex and violent crimes of Finnish citizenship. The Parliament’s Legal Affairs Committee, meanwhile, should supplement amendments to the criminal code to raise the minimum punishments for sex crimes against children.

Lindtman also stated that the government should supplement its budget proposal to strengthen police resources and launch preparatory work to establish a sufficiently funded special police unit to prevent and investigate online criminal activity.

“The supplementary budget should also contain funding for strengthening youth social work and, if necessary, aftercare required by the events in Oulu,” he told.

Aleksi Teivainen – HT
Source: Uusi Suomi

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