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Monday's papers: Drug squad boss exposé, opposition parties say no to Halla-aho, cancer detectable by smell

Finland's press on Monday covered the release of a book which details decades of manipulation and deception by former Helsinki drug cop chief Jari Aarnio. As the Finns Party considers new leadership, leaders of three opposition parties say they would not be able to participate in a government with Finns Party chair contender Jussi Halla-aho. A professor in eastern Finland says that cancers can be detected by smell.

Newspapers Friday 13.1.2016
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Monday's papers, including Helsingin Sanomat, Ilta-Sanomat and Hufvudstadsbladet, featured coverage of the release of a new book about the corrupt former Helsinki drug squad boss Jari Aarnio.

The book, Keisari Aarnio (roughly translated to Emperor Aarnio), details the disgraced cop's "pathological" need to manipulate his surroundings, and dispels the very myth that escalated Aarnio as a heroic figure in law enforcement more than two decades ago.

It was written by Helsingin Sanomat journalists Susanna Reinboth and Minna Passi, and details Aarnio's deception and struggle for power that eventually led to his fall.

Last December Aarnio was sentenced to 10 years in prison for drug-related and official misconduct offences that took place while he led the specialised crime unit.

However, according to the book, Aarnio's deception dates back even further than previously thought. Just as he deceived police colleagues in his pursuit of power, Aarnio also allegedly misled and threatened three journalists in particular.

Aarnio's career began to take off after an alleged grenade attack on his home in 1996 - but the chapter which details the incident which brought him to fame within the Helsinki police ranks, claims that the grenade was actually harmless and that Aarnio had manipulated the investigation.

At the time, Aarnio claimed that he had heroically averted an attack on his home by a criminal gang. One day at home in 1996, Aarnio said he heard noises in the back yard, where he said he saw a bomb fuse burning.

Conveniently, he had an axe sitting on the window sill and claimed he managed to chop the fuse before it was able to detonate the bomb, according to HBL.

After the incident he participated in the investigation himself, and intentionally confused fellow investigators. All of the documents surrounding the investigation eventually disappeared from the police's archives, HBL writes.

Opposition parties opposed to Halla-aho

The Green League, Left Alliance and Swedish People's Parties say they would not be prepared to join a government with the Finns Party if it elects Jussi Halla-aho as its chair, according to newspaper Demokraatti.

According to a poll carried out last month, Finns Party member and current EU MP Jussi Halla-aho had nearly the same amount of support within his party as current party chair Timo Soini.

Halla-aho has said Finland's immigration policy is problematic and has claimed that Europe is headed for catastrophe due to out-of-control immigration.

Among other incidents, in 2008 Halla-aho was investigated for incitement to ethnic or racial hatred for blog posts he'd made and in 2009 he was convicted of disturbing religious worship, a case which was eventually appealed to the Supreme Court, resulting in a 400 euro fine.

"I don't see any possibilities for the Left Alliance to work with a party led by him," the Left Alliance chair Li Andersson told the paper, and the Green League's chair Ville Niinistö agreed with that notion.

Leaders of the Centre Social Democrats and National Coalition parties would not comment on questions about the Finns Party's internal questions.

Cancer in the air

University of Eastern Finland's Professor Jouko Vepsäläinen has researched and studied odors for a long time, according to the newspaper Karjalainen, and he claims that certain types of cancer are detectable by smell.

Vepsäläinen says that the main aspect of the research is nitrogen compounds - which all living cells require. But nitrogen production increases dramatically when cancer cell grow uncontrollably, and those compounds can be detected, the paper writes.

Dogs can be trained to notice differences in a patient's nitrogen levels and, for example the metabolite diacetylspermine - effectively becoming cancer-detecting dogs, which can differentiate between healthy and sick tissue. Detection of diacetylspermine levels can help to identify cancers of the prostate, ovaries and some abdominal cancers, Ilta-Sanomat writes.

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