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Court upholds Parliament's decision to sack security director

Jukka Savola was dismissed from his role in March last year for breach of duty and a resulting loss of trust after he admitted leaking security camera footage to the media.

Former parliamentary Director of Security Jukka Savola. Image: Heikki Saukkomaa / Lehtikuva

The Helsinki Administrative Court has ruled in favour of Parliament's Chancellery Commission regarding the dismissal of former parliamentary Director of Security Jukka Savola.

Savola was dismissed from his role in March last year for breach of duty and a resulting loss of trust after he admitted leaking security camera footage to the media showing a suspected assault on former Prime Minister Juha Sipilä (Cen).

The 38-year-old man who appeared to push Sipilä in the video was ordered by Helsinki District Court to pay 80 income-linked "day fines" — equivalent, in his case, to 480 euros — in September last year.

Following an investigation, Parliament's Office Committee found that Savola leaked classified material, tried to conceal his actions and downplayed the attack on Sipilä, describing it publicly as a "shove".

Because Savola did not immediately admit to being the source of the leak, suspicion was for a time directed at other parliamentary employees, including Savola's subordinates.

The commission further considered that Savola's decades of experience in parliamentary security meant he should have been aware that his actions were not in line with parliamentary procedure.

Savola challenged his dismissal because, he argued, the decision was made without prior consultation with union representatives as required by Finland's Civil Service Act.

He further noted that there was no legal basis for the non-disclosure of security footage material and he also denied that he had concealed his own role in the leak.

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