Three people were brought into custody during a house search in Roihuvuori, Helsinki, on Saturday, 12 Saturday. (Antti Aimo-Koivisto – Lehtikuva)

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HELSINKI Police Department has shed further light on the investigation as part of which three people were brought into custody in an eastern area of the Finnish capital on Saturday.

A police spokesperson said yesterday two of the three men have been released after it was determined there is currently no reason to suspect them of any involvement in the suspected sex crimes against children.

The young man who remains in custody, however, is suspected of aggravated rape and aggravated child sexual abuse. The investigators are to request that he be detained on suspicion of the offences later this week.

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Helsinki Police Department described the suspect as a foreign citizen born in the 1990s residing in Finland.

“There were three people in the flat at the time of the arrests. All of them were brought into custody to make sure we can determine their role in the suspected offences. The more serious the offence in question, the lower is the threshold for police to arrest people for the duration of interrogations,” explained Saara Asmundela, a detective chief inspector at Helsinki Police Department.

Police were notified of the suspected offences through the emergency call centre on Saturday.

The investigators have interrogated the suspect and interviewed the sole victim of the offences but declined yesterday to comment in more detail on the age or gender of the victim to protect their privacy.

“We are talking about an underage child,” summarised Asmundela.

The pre-trial investigation indicates the suspected offences took place in a private flat between early October 2018 and 9 January 2019.

“The information currently available to the police indicates there were no other people present in the flat. More specific details of the act will not be released into public to protect the injured party,” said Asmundela.

Aleksi Teivainen – HT
Source: Uusi Suomi