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Finnish police investigates kidnapping case
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10:19, June 15, 2009

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Finnish police is investigating the kidnapping case of 26 year-old Helsinki girl, the daughter of Hanna Nurminen, who is one of the richest women of Finland, Finnish media reported Sunday.

The case is the first of its kind in Finland. The kidnapper entered the victim's home in a district of Helsinki and abducted her on May 27. The victim's mother, Hanna Nurminen, is the Chair of the Kone Foundation of Finland and a member of the Herlin, one of the wealthiest families in Finland. She was found unharmed in south west Finland late Friday after a ransom of ten million euros was paid for her release.

Upon receipt on a missing person's request, Finnish police quickly ascertained the case was one of kidnapping and an immediate investigation got underway. Police from across the country were involved in the search for the victim. In addition, co-operation was sought from police forces in other EU countries.

Finnish police said a middle-aged man from Turku, southwest of Finland, is currently being held in custody. The motive was clearly money, said chief inspector Kari Tolvanen from the National Bureau of Investigation. The man had no earlier connection with the victim. A court hearing will decide on his imprisonment early in the week.

Finnish government politicians have praised police actions in the case. Prime Minister Matti Vanhanen congratulated the police noting that resources to deal with such cases appeared to be good. Most important, he added, was the fact the victim was safely returned.

Interior Minister Anne Holmlund said she was kept constantly informed of the kidnap drama by police chiefs. A ministerial group will review the incident on Tuesday and discuss if further guidelines and powers be given to the police to deal with such situations.

Source: Xinhua

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