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Paper: Top auditor to receive half her salary during criminal probe suspension

Iltalehti reports that Tytti Yli-Viikari would receive about 6,000 euros per month during the suspension period.

Valtiontalouden tarkastusviraston Tytti Yli-Viikari Kova talous-ohjelman haastattelussa.
Tytti Yli-Viikari. Image: Sasha Silvala / Yle

Tytti Yli-Viikari, Finland's auditor general — who was suspended from her duties during a criminal investigation regarding allegations of questionable expenditures she made — will receive half of her normal salary during the suspension period, according to newspaper Iltalehti.

Yli-Viikari has been embroiled in an expenses scandal since reports emerged that she spent about 5,000 euros of public money on hairdressing and beauty services. There were also questions over her use of Finnair Bonus frequent flyer points.

On Sunday it was reported that Yli-Viikari had appealed her highly-publicised suspension from duty and escalated the matter to the administrative court where she demanded that her suspension be overturned.

According to Iltalehti on Wednesday, Parliament's administrative director, Pertti Rauhio, reversed a decision he made in April regarding her suspension after Yli-Viikari filed the appeal.

In her appeal, Yli-Viikari said that the question of her salary payment should be in line with the state's collective bargaining agreement, and to receive half of her salary during the suspension.

The paper reported that Yli-Viikari normally received around 12,000 euros per month in salary, and that she would be paid roughly 6,000 euros per month during the suspension period.

The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) suspects the civil servant of several crimes, including aggravated abuse of office, breach of duty as well as payment instrument fraud regarding the use of the frequent flyer points.

Yli-Viikari has denied having committed any of the suspected crimes.

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