Finland: Terror suspects have foreign backgrounds

Last Updated: Saturday, September 17, 2011 - 19:20

Helsinki: Two people arrested earlier this
month on suspicion of financing terrorism and performing
terror recruitment activities have foreign backgrounds and
their alleged actions were not aimed at Finland, officials
said on Saturday.
The detentions are the first known terror-linked arrests
in the Nordic country.

"They are a man and woman," Detective Inspector Kaj-Erik
Bjorkvist from the National Bureau of Investigation said. "The
actions or activity involved were not aimed at Finland."

Bjorkvist declined to further identify them or provide
details except to say that the activity they were involved in
was related to terrorist groups "far away" from Finland.

The Finnish Security Police said it began intelligence
operations in 2009 that led to the arrests of the suspects on
September 7. Officers confiscated "data and other material" in
house searches in the Helsinki metropolitan area after the
arrests, Bjorkvist said.
A new custody hearing will be held for the suspects later
this month. Similar arrests have previously been made in
neighboring Norway and Sweden.

In 2008, police in Norway and Sweden arrested six men
suspected of funding terrorism activities in Somalia, but only
one of them, a Somali-born Norwegian, was fined for having
broken a UN arms embargo of the African country. The other
five were released.


First Published: Saturday, September 17, 2011 - 19:20
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