Justice Minister Jari Lindström said Friday that he was appalled by the latest reports of suspected rape cases in which asylum seekers were alleged to be the perpetrators. He noted that police are currently investigating roughly ten such cases.
Earlier on Friday, police in Raisio in southwest Finland reported that they were looking into an incident in which a 19 year-old asylum-seeker was arrested on suspicion of the rape and aggravated assault of a 14 year-old girl.
In Kempele near Oulu, police are also continuing investigations into another case, in which an asylum seeker was remanded into custody Thursday for the suspected rape of a 14 year-old girl earlier in the week. Commercial broadcaster MTV reported that the young man was Afghan.
The Finns Party minister said that he was concerned and upset about the suspected crimes.
"These acts are cowardly and deplorable and they cannot be in any way accepted, regardless of who the perpetrator is," Lindström declared.
The minister also said that he didn’t understand why a suspicion or even a conviction on rape charges didn't influence the asylum process.
"If I declare my personal position, I’d have to say that it’s truly incredible, but existing international agreements play a part in this matter," Lindström told Yle.