Episode 017 : Jari Aarnio, part 1 of 3

How does one go from respected and talented drug investigator to drug dealer and corrupt police officer? This multiparter is about Jari Aarnio and one of the most baffling cases of police misconduct in Finnish criminal history.

Torsti Koskinen: chief and founder of the Helsinki police narcotics division from 1975 to 1996

Miika Kortekallio: Finnish criminal

Ritva Santavuori: prosecutor

Raimo Tienhaara: Finnish criminal responsible for the planning of the attack on Aarnio in 1996

Petri Rainiala: Helsinki police narcotics division senior officer belonging to Aarnio’s inner circle

Ari-Pekka Koivisto: state prosecutor in charge of the investigation into the HPN that started in 2007

Keijo Vilhunen: Finnish criminal

Mikael Runeberg: NBI investigator who later moved on to work for the HPN

Paul Perovuo: lawyer who helped Aarnio draft investigation requests against the NBI

Pekka Anttila: reporter for Suomen Kuvalehti

 Jari Aarnio was chosen police officer of the year in 1987 and received this certificate. On the right is the bomb that was found on his yard.

Jari Aarnio was chosen police officer of the year in 1987 and received this certificate. On the right is the bomb that was found on his yard.

If you want to know more about this case, I highly recommend a book called Keisari Aarnio by Minna Passi and Susanna Reinboth which is also my main source of information for this multiparter. Unfortunately, the book is only available in Finnish for now. 

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