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Chancellor of Justice finds no fault in Defence Minister's use of official helicopter

Finland's Chancellor of Justice Paavo Nikula has found nothing illegal in the use of an official state helicopter by Minister of Defence Jan-Erik Enestam in July this year.

The Defence Minister was flown by a state-owned helicopter to three different locations in Southern and Western Finland during a single weekend in July. First he officiated at the official opening of a summer festival in Houtskari in the Turku archipelago. On the same evening he went on to Pedersöre north of Vaasa, where he unveiled a new monument, shortly before being taken to his home in Västanfjärd on the south coast.

The investigation into the use of the helicopter followed a complaint from a private citizen.

The Chancellor of Justice ruled that Enestam's use of the helicopter was not a violation of his official duties.