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PM Sipilä calls crisis meeting over Kempele rape case

Prime Minister Juha Sipilä has called a crisis meeting with the Interior and Justice ministers over a suspected rape in his home town of Kempele, near Oulu. MTV reports that the two suspects are asylum seekers from Afghanistan.

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Finland’s Prime Minister Juha Sipilä has called a crisis meeting to discuss a rape case in his home town of Kempele, just south of Oulu, in which a 14-year-old girl was attacked. The two suspects in police custody are both foreign and aged under 18, with MTV reporting that they are asylum seekers from Afghanistan, aged 15 and 17.

Two bystanders intervened during the attack, which took place around 10:30 pm on Monday, before police dogs traced the suspected attackers’ tracks to a residential building where the two men were found. They have not yet been interviewed as there is a shortage of interpreters. 

Speaking on Tuesday in Parliament, Sipilä said that he is to meet the Interior Minister Petteri Orpo and the Justice Minister Jari Lindström to consider whether Finnish law should be changed in light of the attack.

"This is serious, disgusting and reprehensible act, if the information in the public domain is true," said Sipilä, who added that he wanted to see if asylum seekers should be automatically deported if found guilty of serious offences.

In September Sipilä had offered his Kempele home to house asylum seekers.

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