Former Minister of Foreign Affairs of Finland, was convicted of corruption
The court in Helsinki, found the former Foreign Minister Ilkka Kanerva (Ilkka Kanerva) guilty of corruption and abuse of office. Ex-minister sentenced to 15 months imprisonment, according to television station YLE.
Ilkka Kanerva for many years headed an organization that is responsible for building the territory of Aboriginal Finland (Suomi-Varsinays). As a result proved, from 2006 to 2008, the Minister used the "financial help" a few entrepreneurs who are expected to receive priority for the construction of shopping complexes. The money - a total of 50,000 euros - went to campaign Kanerva, as well as to celebrate its 60th anniversary.
Accomplices Kanerva - businessmen Arto Merisalo (Arto Merisalo) and Tapani Yli-Saunamyaki (Tapani Juli-Saunamaki) sentenced to six and three and a half years in prison respectively. They were found guilty of aggravated fraud, fraudulent accounting, bribery on a large scale and the forged documents. Former head of the Council of the City of Rovaniemi Ari Ruotsalainen (Ari Ruotsalainen) and businessman Toivo Sukkar (Toivo Sukari), passing in the same case, got eight months probation. Only one person involved in the case - Kyuosti Kakkonen (Kyosti Kakkonen) - was found not guilty.
All prisoners have refused to admit his guilt in the corruption. "I feel as if I cut off the wings," - said Kanerva after the verdict.
Ilkka Kanerva is not the first time becomes a party scandal. In 2008 he resigned as Minister of Foreign Affairs of Finland, after he was caught in an erotic sms-correspondence with the stripper. The current court Kanerva loses the right to their position in the organization, which regulates construction in Aboriginal Finland.
The former head of the Finnish Ministry of Foreign Affairs is a member of parliament from the ruling National Coalition Party. Her leadership has declared that the exclusion of Kanerva can be considered only after the appeal process.