The MP said she resisted pressure to sign documents in Hebrew about her alleged offences.
Left Alliance MP held in Israel over arms trade criticism

Left Alliance MP held in Israel over arms trade criticism

Left Alliance MP held in Israel over arms trade criticism

Left Alliance MP held in Israel over arms trade criticism

Left Alliance MP held in Israel over arms trade criticism

Left Alliance MP held in Israel over arms trade criticism
Left Alliance MP held in Israel over arms trade criticism
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Israeli authorities detained Left Alliance MP Anna Kontula on the Israeli-Gaza border on Monday, according to reports first published by daily Helsingin Sanomat.

Kontula was a member of an international group of activists on the Gaza border, as they attempted to organise a demonstration to draw attention to the situation in Gaza, Kontula said in a statement.

She said that the background to the protest action was the arms trade between Finland and Israeli companies, which Kontula said must be stopped. Kontula said that Finland’s arms exports to Israel promote continued Israeli occupation and military activities in the region.

"Last autumn we received a great deal of information that led us to anticipate that the arms trade between Finland and Israel is growing and not declining as should be the case with a violator of international law," she declared.

Kontula told Yle that she had been detained for more than 10 hours until Monday evening. The Left Alliance MP said that for the most part, she had been treated well during her detention.

"Attempts were made to pressure me into signing a document in Hebrew, in which I would have acknowledged various suspicions, such as endangering security, in addition to other suspected crimes," Kontula said.

She added that she did not sign the document. Kontula is expected to return to Finland on Tuesday.

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Left Alliance MP held in Israel over arms trade criticism

Households pay more for electricity in 2019

Households pay more for electricity in 2019

In 2019, Finnish households' electricity bills rose by 33 euros. However Finland’s Energy Authority said that on a European scale, power is still relatively affordable in the country.

The authority also pointed out that electricity prices rose more in 2018 than they did in 2019. Every year, around ten percent of households looking for a better deal switch electricity providers.

Finland’s energy production levels have remained steady for the past two years. Electricity imports from Sweden have meanwhile grown in pace with exports to Estonia.

In 2019, 23 out of 77 electricity network companies raised their prices, with hikes ranging from 3-15 percent. The Energy Authority said price increases mainly hit consumers in eastern parts of the country and in southern Finland beyond the Uusimaa region.

Electricity network companies said they're using 9.7 billion euros between 2014 and 2036 to repair and maintain their networks.

The ongoing mild and relatively snowless winter in southern Finland has meant Finland should have enough energy reserves to make it through the cold season.

Teacher at Police University College on trial for sexual abuse in Tampere

Teacher at Police University College on trial for sexual abuse in Tampere

A TEACHER at the Police University College in Tampere has been charged with sexual abuse, sexual harassment and violation of official duty, report YLE and Helsingin Sanomat.

The middle-aged senior sergeant is accused of groping a fellow staff member and several police officers in training and, overall, conducting himself inappropriately both in his free time and teaching settings.

The defendant denied the charges in the opening hearing of the case at the District Court of Pirkanmaa on Tuesday, 14 January. His defence argued that physical contact is an inevitable part of training police officers to, for example, conduct body searches and respond to various physical threats.

Kimmo Himberg, the rector of the Police University College, stated to YLE in November that the statute of limitations has run out on some of the suspected offences.

The teacher has been suspended from his duties following the filing of a criminal complaint in February 2019.

Aleksi Teivainen – HT