Turku Terror Trial Verdic Expected
The verdict is due today in the trial of an asylum seeker from Morocco, accused of committing Finland’s first terror attack. Prosecutors demand a prison sentence for Abderrahman Bouanane for stabbing two people to death and wounding eight others in a knife rampage in Turku last August. The court must decide whether or not the attack meets the criteria of a terrorist act under Finnish law. Bouanane has admitted the killings and the attempted killings, but his lawyers say the acts did not meet the criteria to be considered as terrorism.
Russia Exports Down, China Exports Up
Exports from Finland to Russia fell in the first quarter of this year, according to new figures released this morning by Customs. That makes Russia the sixth largest export market for Finnish goods. They’ve been overtaken by China, and exports to Germany also grew. Finns are still exporting in particular machinery and equipment, chemicals, paper and cardboard worth €757 million every year to Russia.
Paavo Väyrynen’s Messy Politics
Veteran politician Paavo Väyrynen came back to parliament this week, and is already embroiled in a court case about his political party. He founded the Citizens’ Party, which kicked him out earlier this year over irregularities. But Väyrynen – who has been in politics since the early 1970s – says it was illegal for party bosses to get rid of him, and he wants a court to overturn that decision. Two competing factions now think they are running the Citizens’ Party: Väyrynen and Sami Kilpeläinen both say they are the party’s chairman.
Truck Hits Bear
A truck driver and a bear had an encounter on the road on Thursday. It happened in Nurmes, North Karelia. Police say the bear wandered into the road and was hit by a truck. The truck driver wasn’t injured, but the truck itself was damaged and had to be towed away. The bear is described as fully grown, and completely black, and went back into the woods after the collision. Local wildlife experts have been called in to track the bear, and find out if it sustained any injuries in the crash.
Friday Morning Weather
It’s a mixed start to the forecast for Friday morning. There’s rain in north and eastern parts of Lapland, and cloudy weather across most of the rest of the country. A stiff breeze in the south west blowing in from the Baltic will make things feel a little cooler. But still, the temperature will already hit +20C this morning in Oulu; with +12C in Lapland and around +18C for much of the rest of the country.