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Former HS editor charged with aggravated drink driving

Kaius Niemi resigned as editor-in-chief of Finland's largest circulation newspaper Helsingin Sanomat after the incident.

Helsingin Sanomien päätoimittaja Kaius Niemi.
Helsingin Sanomat's former editor Kaius Niemi speaking to the media. Image: Jani Saikko / Yle
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Helsingin Sanomat's former editor-in-chief Kaius Niemi has been charged with aggravated drink driving.

Niemi's lawyer Kai Kotiranta confirmed to Yle that the charge has been filed, adding that his client admits that he was guilty of driving under the influence, but denies it was aggravated.

"Niemi is naturally extremely sorry about what happened. He regrets what he has done. He admits to the basic charge, but denies that it is a serious offence, because the incident did not cause any danger to anyone," Kotiranta said.

The incident occurred at about 7am on the morning of Friday 18 November, when security staff called police after they noticed Niemi trying to move his car in the parking garage of the headquarters of Sanoma, which owns the newspaper.

Niemi announced his resignation as editor-in-chief of Helsingin Sanomat later that day.

"I am deeply sorry about this and have informed the board of Sanoma that I do not think I can continue in my current role as editor-in-chief," he tweeted at the time.

Kotiranta told Yle that the next step in the legal process will involve Niemi giving a preliminary response to the charge, but he added that as yet there is no date for a court hearing.

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