Child death suspect in court today
A 36-year old man arrested in connection with the death of a young boy on Christmas Eve is set to make his first court appearance this afternoon in Helsinki. A detention hearing is scheduled to take place at Helsinki District Court at 14:00, with police requesting continued custody while their investigation into the possible murder is ongoing. The primary school-age child was found dead at his home after officers were called around midnight on Christmas Eve to a home in the capital’s Arabianranta district where the boy lived with his parents, older sister and grandmother, according to neighbours. Police arrested one man at the scene. Read more about his previous criminal record at our article here.
Parties reveal election war chests
The biggest parties have built up substantial war chests to fight a general election in spring 2019. Antti Rinne‘s Social Democrats have the most money at hand, about €1.5 million. The National Coalition Party has the second highest pot of cash with €1.2 million. Prime Minister Juha Sipilä‘s Centre Party says it doesn’t separate out the budgets for different elections in 2019 but has around €1.6 million for parliamentary, European Parliament, and provincial elections. The figures were revealed to the STT Finnish News Agency.
Report: US requested Russian arrest at Helsinki Airport
The Russian news agency TASS is reporting that a Russian citizen was arrested at Helsinki Airport at the request of US authorities. According to the report, the arrest took place on 15th December, the woman was born in 1988 and traveling from St. Petersburg to Spain when she was detained. She is accused of smuggling drugs and money laundering, and the US must provide Finnish authorities with evidence to support their charges by 29th January. After that, Finnish authorities will decide whether to release the woman, or hand her over to the US.
Finland routs Kazakhstan at World Junior Championships
The Finnish under-20 ice hockey team bounced back from an opening match defeat against Sweden with a big 5-0 win against Kazakhstan. Goals came from Otto Latvala, Samuli Vainionpaa, Kaapo Kakko, Aleksi Heponiemi and captain Aarne Talvitie. The young Finnish team dominated all three periods of play, and several players made their world championship debuts at the game including goalie Filip Lindberg. Finland’s next match is coming up already on Saturday against winless Slovakia.
Friday morning weather
It’s another very cold morning across much of Lapland with the temperature down to -16°C in some places, and snow in the west. There’s snow too for Oulu and Kuusamo areas, and down the eastern border in Joensuu as well. There’s widespread fog in central Finland, into the south east at Lappeenranta and into Pirkanmaa as well for Friday morning. Expect overcast skies and temperatures hovering around freezing in Turku and the south west; and Helsinki and the capital city region too.