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Prosecutor charges four for accepting minors on national defence courses

The charges relate to two voluntary national defence courses for women in 2017.

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The charges relate to courses that took place near Tampere and Jyväskylä in 2017. Image: Tiina Jutila / Yle
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A prosecutor is demanding fines for four men working for the National Defence Training Association (MPK) for accepting minors in military preparedness training courses.

The charges relate to two national defence courses for women, held in 2017, which, according to the prosecutor, included a total of six minors.

The prosecution is asking for the defendants to be punished for breach of duty or, alternatively, negligent breach of duty. The defendants deny having committed the offence.

One of the courses that led to the charges was held in Tikkakoski, near Jyväskylä, and the other in Pirkkala, near Tampere.

According to the prosecutor, both courses were for voluntary military training preparedness, which, similar to actual military training, cannot legally be given to persons under the age of 18. The prosecutor stressed in the summons that the age limit is unconditional and has been set to protect children.

The prosecution is seeking a fine of between 20 and 35 income-linked day fines for the defendants.

The trial started on Tuesday at the Central Finland District Court. Wednesday is also reserved for the hearing.

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