Police launch probe into PM Marin's breakfast expenses

Officers will look at the actions of officials in the premier's office.

Image: Emmi Korhonen / Lehtikuva

Police have launched a preliminary investigation into whether there are grounds to suspect officials of misconduct over expenses related to the Prime Minister's breakfast expenses.

The investigation will look at officials' actions, not those of the Prime Minister Sanna Marin (SDP) herself.

Earlier this week Iltalehti reported (siirryt toiseen palveluun) that ingredients for the Prime Minister's and her family's breakfasts at her official residence were paid for by the taxpayer. The cost came to some 300 euros per month, but the PM's office declined to hand over receipts for the purchases.

Police subsequently received at least one complaint about the matter.

"I emphasise that the investigation is not focused in any way on the Prime Minister or her own actions in office, as the investigating authority does not have a mandate to evaluate those," said Chief Superintendent Teemu Jokinen.

"At this stage only the actions of other officials in the Prime Minister's office are to be looked at." Marin tweeted (siirryt toiseen palveluun) on Friday that she had not made any decisions on the matter, had been told by officials that the purchases came as part of the package of living at Kesäranta, the PM's official residence, the purchases were all made by staff at the residence, and that she had asked for purchases to stop on Thursday until the matter had been clarified.