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Finnish Police help Brazilians in triple homicide case

The National Bureau of Investigation(NBI) is to assist Brazilian police in their enquiries into the murder of three Finns in the country. The NBI has already provided Brazil with details relating to the background of the victims in order to help establish a motive for the triple homicide. The responsibility for the investigation lies entirely with the Brazilian authorities. Three Finns residing in Brazil were found shot dead near their home on Friday in the north-eastern state of Paraiba.

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The shooting victims were found in a sugarcane field along a road between Taquara and Pitimbu in the state of Paraiba. Police say that they had each been shot several times. A Finnish credit card and a small amount of local currency were also found at the scene of the crime.

The victims were between 60 and 70 years of age. The couple were retired doctors from Savonlinna in eastern Finland who owned a house in the area, and their friend was a visiting nurse.

According to the Brazilian G1 website last weekend, police questioned five people including one man who was employed to look after the Finnish couple’s home. The report said some traces of blood were also discovered in the house. Local police are treating the case as a triple homicide, the report added.

Responsibility for investigating the crime rests with the Brazilian police. The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) says it is helping their Brazilian colleagues with background data on the victims with the aim of establishing a motive for the crime.

The Finnish Ambassador in Brazil, Jari Luoto, described the area of the country where the couple resided as "dangerous and restless." An estimated 600 Finns live permanently in Brazil.

On the web :

G1 report in Portuguese (siirryt toiseen palveluun)

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