Morning headlines: Tuesday 13th November 2018

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Disgraced top cop in Helsinki court again today

Disgraced policeman Jari Aarnio, who has served jail time for drugs offenses and was accused of murder, is back in court today. This time it’s part of an ongoing case about how the ex-head of Helsinki’s drugs squad handled information from confidential sources. The case has also swept up a number of Aarnio’s contemporaries. Prosecutors say Aarnio didn’t stick to the rules when he was running informants, and he’s suspected of deleting information from police registers, or not notifying his managers of new confidential informants. Aarnio counters that the rules are vague on these issues. Some of his bosses at the time are now facing charges that they didn’t give the proper oversight to what Aarnio was doing.

Finn sentenced to 8 years in Britain for Nazi radicalism

A 34-year old Finnish man has been sentenced to eight years in prison for his connections to banned far right groups. Mikko Vehvilainen was serving as a soldier in the British army and stationed at a military training base in Wales when he was arrested in September 2017. The Finnish citizen was charged with being a member of a banned right wing Neo-Nazi organisation called National Action; possessing a document that could be useful for someone preparing an act of terrorism; two counts of publishing material intended to stir up racial hatred; and illegal possession of pepper spray. He was actually sentenced earlier this year but the prison term was only revealed now.

PM heads to Denmark for EU talks

Prime Minister Juha Sipilä (Centre) is in Copenhagen today for talks with his Danish counterpart Lars Løkke Rasmussen. On top of the agenda is Finland’s upcoming presidency of the EU which starts in July 2019, but the pair will also discuss the EU’s measures for managing migration flows, according to a statement. The PM is planning to meet with all EU heads of government for talks before the start of Finland’s Presidency on 1st July.

Seinäjoki situation vacant

Seinäjoki is offering a unique job to someone who wants to discover the city. They’re offering more than €8000 plus accommodation for someone to stay there for ten days in January and use social media to tell the city’s story so that more people can discover it. The successful social media super fan will record video blogs and write posts about the self-titled ‘City of Space’ which sees hundreds of new residents arriving every year, and lots of investment coming to the region. “We’re not a very big city but very forward looking city. We have spirit. A kind of attitude that beats the whole of Finland” says Sanna Männikkö the city’s marketing manager. Applicants have until 10th December to submit their video applications, and the winner will be chosen before Christmas.

Tuesday morning weather

It’s another wet and overcast start to the morning today but across the country the temperatures should be zero or higher. There’s rain in the capital city region and along the eastern border in Joensuu, and showers in the south west and Pirkanmaa as well. It’s cloudy and foggy into central Finland and that cloud cover extends up into Lapland, where there’s rain forecast also for the Yllästunturi area. Top temperature at the start of Tuesday morning is +8°C in the south at Hanko, and just 0°C in north west Lapland.

Finnish Meteorological Institute forecast for Tuesday morning 13th November 2018 / Credit: FMI