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Tuesday's papers: Busy week in politics, Turku killing details, court independence

More details of a grisly crime in Turku last weekend emerge in Ilta-Sanomat, while politicians prepare for a long week.

Anu Vehviläinen
Speaker Anu Vehviläinen will oversee a busy week of engagements in Parliament. Image: Mikko Ahmajärvi / Yle

Parliament returns from the Easter break on Tuesday, and there's a lot on MPs' plates. Oulu-based Kaleva has a rundown of what's coming up in a busy week in politics.

Tuesday will see Chancellor of Justice Tomas Pöysti appear before Parliament to explain how the government's lockdown legislation fell foul of a parliamentary committee that deemed the proposed rules – which would have limited freedom of movement in affected areas – as unconstitutional.

Next, Kaleva writes, is the Wednesday meeting of the Parliamentary Audit Committee and the Thursday meeting of the Parliamentary Office Committee, both of which are likely to discuss the ongoing investigation into the National Audit Office auditor general Tytti Yli-Viikari and accusations she misspent public money. She denies any wrongdoing.

Also on the schedule is another controversy surrounding ex-Finns Party MP Ano Turtiainen and a tweet saying a friend of his was "willing to kill" if face masks became mandatory in Finland. Speaker Anu Vehviläinen (Cen) has said she intends to bring the matter before Parliament. Turtiainen was previously reprimanded by the speaker in February for another face-mask-related incident.

Turku killing details emerge

Tabloid Ilta-Sanomat reports from the scene of a suspected double murder that took place near Turku on Saturday.

According to the paper a 27-year-old man and a 25-year-old woman were killed. Police believe the man was the intended target of the attacker, while the deceased woman was a bystander. Another bystander, a 29-year-old man, was injured by a bladed weapon, IS writes.

A 23-year-old man and a 49-year-old woman were found on the property where the killing took place. Police say they were hiding from the suspected attacker, IS reports.

The paper also reports police are treating the crime as a double murder and three attempted murders.

Neighbours in the Turku suburb of Perno tells Ilta-Sanomat that there were issues with drug use in the area.

"I know that there has been some drug use, but as long as they left me alone I had nothing to do with what other people were up to. Everyone is allowed to live their lives," one says.

Politicians could pack courts, says expert

Finland's court system could be abused by an undemocratically-minded government, claims the front page story of Tuesday's Helsingin Sanomat.

The claim is based on an interview with Kari Kuusiniemi, president of the Supreme Administrative Court of Finland.

Current legislation means that Finland's courts could be susceptible to manipulation by politicians, HS writes. One way a government could do this would be to drastically increase the number of judges, appointing loyalists to new positions and forcing older justices to retire, the paper says.

According to Kuusiniemi, the state should launch a study into guaranteeing the independence of the courts as soon as possible, following a similar move in Sweden last year.

The subject of political interference has become a hot topic recently, as accusations of politicisation have marred the coronavirus vaccination programme and the government's failed lockdown plan.

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