Four in custody in suspected bribery case in Helsinki
Deputy Mayor Sauri: Oversight and transparency need to be improved
Helsinki District Court ordered a fourth suspect remanded in custody on Saturday in an extensive case of suspected bribery in construction in the City of Helsinki. The suspect was remanded on suspicion of aggravated bribery and aggravated fraud.
On Friday three men were remanded on suspicion of aggravated crimes of bribery and aggravated fraud.
One of the suspects is a project chief working for the City of Helsinki. Police suspect that he has systematically received bribes over a period of several years.
Police have also detained a number of other suspects. The head of the police investigation, Ismo Siltamäki, will not say how many, or if he expects any others to be remanded in the coming days.
The total amount of bribes is expected to rise to at least EUR 100,000-150,000. Siltamäki says that the actions were well-planned and took place over a long period of time.
Helsinki Deputy Mayor Pekka Sauri (Green) does not know the suspected official personally, but knows his identity. He also does not know what projects the suspect has headed.
Sauri says that the bribery case will lead to a closer evaluation of city procedures.
He says that ways of improving oversight and transparency need to be considered, and loopholes in supervision need to be eliminated.