Prosecutor Appeals MP’s Fine
Prosecutor Eija Velitski says she will appeal for a tougher sentence against Finns Party MP who was convicted of assault and sexual harassment. Teuvo Hakkarainen was fined more than €3000 and ordered to pay a further €1400 compensation to Veera Ruoho (NCP) after he accosted her in the parliament cafe, grabbed her by the throat, and forcibly kissed her last December. Hakkarainen had been at a Christmas party and was so drunk at the time he says he can’t remember the attack. During the trial the prosecutor had demanded a suspended prison sentence, and she now says she’ll appeal for that tougher sentence to be imposed. The Finns Party said after the conviction that they won’t be taking any more action against Hakkarainen, who received a warning from the parliamentary group, and took time off work to get help for his alcohol problems.
Kuopio Man Revived After Lake Dive Accident
A 20-year old man has been revived and taken to hospital, after spending 20 minutes under water. The incident happened in the early hours of Tuesday morning when rescue crews were called to a popular diving spot. The man had dived from a height of 10 metres into the water, but didn’t come up again. Friends tried to pull him to the surface without success, and when rescue crews arrived, they had to bring him up from a depth of four metres. He spent an estimated 20 minutes under water. Rescue crews were able to revive him, but have now taken him to Kuopio University Hospital. The rescue department says they are not able to judge whether he is likely to survive.
Strong Wind Warnings
The Finnish Meteorological Institute has issued a strong wind warning, especially in the south and west of Finland today. Winds will gust up to 20 metres per second, with rain and thunderstorms forecast around the middle of the day in the west. Forecasters are predicting the storms will be strong enough in some places to bring down trees and cause power outages.
Tuesday Morning Weather
Despite a strong winds warning in place for some parts of south and west Finland, other areas will see sunshine this morning especially Lapland and along the eastern border. Temperatures start about +16C in the capital city region, up to +17C in Oulu this morning. There is likely to be some early rain around Pori and cloud cover in central parts of the country as well.