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Teuvo Hakkarainen (PS) was fined for assaulting and sexually harassing his female colleague on Monday by the District Court of Helsinki.
Teuvo Hakkarainen (PS) was fined for assaulting and sexually harassing his female colleague on Monday by the District Court of Helsinki.

 

Teuvo Hakkarainen (PS), a second-term Member of Parliament from Central Finland, has been found guilty of assaulting and sexually harassing one of his female colleagues, Veera Ruoho (NCP), in the Parliament House in December 2017.

Hakkarainen was issued a fine equivalent to 45 days’ pay on Monday by the District Court of Helsinki, according to YLE and Helsingin Sanomat.

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The incident occurred in the canteen of the Parliament House last December.

Hakkarainen, who was intoxicated after participating in the pikkujoulu party of the Finns Party, grabbed Ruoho by the neck tried to kiss her forcibly until he was stopped by Kari Tolvanen (NCP), according to Helsingin Sanomat. Hakkarainen did not challenge the accounts of Ruoho and Tolvanen but stressed that it was not his intention to hurt Ruoho.

He was also ordered to cover the legal fees of and pay 1,400 euros in compensation to the victim.

The prosecution was demanding that he be sentenced to a suspended prison term of 60 days. Prosecutor Eija Velitski on Tuesday told Helsingin Sanomat that she intends to file an appeal against the ruling to the Helsinki Court of Appeal.

“You simply can’t make amends for violence to the head area by paying a fine,” he stated to the newspaper.

Aleksi Teivainen – HT
Photo: Emmi Korhonen – Lehtikuva
Source: Uusi Suomi

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