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Jyväskylä city council drops councillor suspected of attempted murder

The entire city board was dismissed, and then re-appointed, at a council meeting on Monday.

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File photo of Jyväskylä City Hall. Image: Elli Tervo / Yle

The Jyväskylä City Council dismissed the entire city board due to a lack of confidence, and then immediately appointed a new board at a council meeting on Monday.

The decision was made in order to remove board member Teemu Torssonen, who is currently being held by police on suspicion of the attempted murder of Finns Party official Pekka Kataja.

Under Finnish municipal law, a member suspected of a crime may be removed from public office if he or she has been charged, but Torssonen has not been officially charged even though he is in pretrial custody. Torssonen also refused to resign.

A temporary committee established by the council suggested the dismissal and re-appointment of the board as a means of removing Torssonen, which is permitted by law.

Torssonen was reportedly expelled from the Finns Party last year.

The new board will remain the same, with the exception of Toimi Kankaanniemi (Finns) replacing Torssonen, who was also expelled from the Finns Party in June.

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