Tuesday, 19 September, 2017

Discrimination of dual nationals in military alleged

13 Sep 2017, 03:05 ( 6 days ago)

DF-Xinhua Report
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Alleged discrimination of dual nationals in the Finnish defense forces has been transferred to state prosecutors, local media reported on Tuesday.

Internal orders at the defense forces were revealed by the national broadcaster Yle last January. At that time, the defense forces denied the claims and the defense minister Jussi Niinistö accused Yle of being "a fake media".    

State prosecutor Jukka Rappe told Yle on Tuesday that a military professional is suspected of violation of internal defense forces guidelines that ban discrimination. The now completed investigation was done by the police and the military together.

A conscript suspected of being a dual national had been transferred to less sensitive duties. Yle reported the conscript was a Finnish and Russian citizen, but the prosecution does not confirm it.

The police is still investigating a case of a cancellation of recruitment. A person hired to work in military catering was found to be a dual national and the job offer was withdrawn.

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