Prime Minister responds to latest Oulu sex abuse allegations

Sipilä says the allegations of rape and sexual abuse give him "a deep sense of disgust".

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File picture of Prime Minister Juha Sipilä (Centre) / Credit: Lauri Heikkinen, Valtioneuvosto

Prime Minister Juha Sipilä has given his first public statement in response to the latest allegations of sex abuse by migrant men in Oulu.

Sipilä, whose constituency and family home is just outside the northern city, says in a statement that accusations of underage girls being raped and abused gave him “a deep sense of disgust” and that he fully understands the public’s shock and concern.

“Everyone coming here must follow the laws of Finland and respect the integrity of every human being” says the Prime Minister.

“Offenders are held accountable for their actions in accordance with the rule of law. In addition, serious crimes have a negative impact on obtaining a permanent residence permit”.

Answering his right-wing critics who say Sipilä’s willingness to accept migrants to Finland is part of the problem in Oulu, the Prime Minister said that the purpose of asylum is to help those in need, “but it cannot protect criminals”.

He noted that at the beginning of the year the government had changed the law to make it easier to expel foreigners who have committed crimes in Finland.

“Our thoughts are with all these young people and their families with regard to these inhuman and reprehensible acts. I cannot understand this kind of violence and recklessness” says Sipilä.