HS: Finland’s Prosecutor General no longer has confidence of subordinates

Prosecutor General Matti Nissinen was photographed leaving a courtroom at the Supreme Court of Finland (KKO) on 15 November, 2017. Photo: Markku Ulander/Lehtikuva


Prosecutor General Matti Nissinen has lost the confidence of his subordinates after being found guilty of violation of official duty, writes Helsingin Sanomat.

Almost four in five (79.6%) of prosecutors surveyed by the daily newspaper estimated that Nissinen is no longer capable of serving as the highest ranking prosecutor in Finland. Fewer than one in ten (6.3%), by contrast, voiced their confidence in his ability to continue in his present position.

The survey was sent to every prosecutor in the country with the exception of Nissinen. Almost a half (49%) of the prosecutors responded to the survey.

The responses also indicate that prosecutors sympathise with Nissinen due to the media scrutiny he has faced following his conviction and subsequent decision to resume his official duties with the Prosecutor’s Office.

They also viewed, however, that he should draw his own conclusions and step down as Prosecutor General.

“The conviction is a major personal tragedy for Nissinen, but he’s in such a high position in the judicial system that he should resign in order to preserve confidence in the prosecution service. You have to recognise the status of the institution and your own responsibility for it,” one of the respondents commented to Helsingin Sanomat.

Nissinen was handed a fine of 1,720 euros for violation of official duty in December by the Supreme Court of Finland (KKO). He was ruled to have been involved in acquiring management coaching services for the Prosecutor’s Office from Deep Lead, a management consulting firm that is majority owned by his brother.

The Ministry of Justice is currently mulling over whether further punitive action is necessary.

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