A career officer of the Finnish Armed forces is facing charges of discrimination against a dual-national conscript, Yle news agency reports.
The conscript is said to hold both Finnish and Russian passports.
Finland’s National Bureau of Investigation preliminary investigation has dismissed the charge of discrimination on the basis of dual citizenship or ethnic origin.
However, as the military code is more stringent than Finland’s Criminal Code, the career-officer is charged with violating the military’s code that calls for the equal treatment of conscripts.
The suspect denies all charges.
According to the state prosecutor, the soldier was responsible for special assignments that gave him access to personnel data. The army examined whether the dual citizenship of the conscript poses a risk for the management of such sensitive data and may have limited the scope of his activity.
In the past, Defense Minister Jussi Niinistö has rejected as “fake news” the public broadcaster’s story that dual nationals have been put under closer scrutiny in the Armed Forces.