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Finnish Justice Ministry's special advisor Mäkinen steps down amid corruption probe

The Finnish Justice Ministry's special adviser Tapani Mäkinen announced his resignation on Tuesday, saying he cannot carry out his duties due to a police investigation concerning him.

Tapani Mäkinen.
File photo of Tapani Mäkinen. Image: Juha-Pekka Inkinen / Yle

In a post on his Facebook account on Tuesday Mäkinen, who worked under Justice Minister Antti Häkkänen for nearly a year, said that an unknown person had made a criminal complaint against him about events that took place as he chaired Vantaa's City Council in 2015.

Finnish police are currently investigating whether Mäkinen had committed bribery or abused his position in the job he held three years ago.

Mäkinen said the investigation does not concern duties he carried out as special advisor at the ministry but instead focus on events that took place in the beginning of 2015, when he was the chair of Vantaa city council, a post he held from 2009-2017.

"I have resigned as special advisor for the minister because I cannot fully carry out my duties due to the police investigation," Mäkinen announced in his Facebook post on Tuesday.

Mäkinen said he is not gulity of the crimes of which he is accused and that he cannot further comment on the matter.

Mäkinen was named special advisor to Justice Minister Häkkänen in May 2017.

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