A medical colonel in the Finnish Defence Forces was suspected of having violated the military's code calling for equal treatment of all persons in service.
Charges dropped in military Finnish-Russian dual citizenship discrimination case
The colonel had allegedly instructed subordinates via email to restrict a conscript’s access to sensitive health and medical data, because the conscript, a military doctor, was thought to be a dual Finnish-Russian citize - writes yle.fi.
The charges were dropped because the conscript had been discharged from the military before any of the planned restrictions on the data use were implemented.
Deputy Prosecutor: "Saved by the clock"
"Like a boxer in the ring, the suspect in this case was saved by the bell," Deputy Prosecutor General Jukka Rappe said.
A security officer had informed the colonel about the conscript's dual citizenship. However, during the investigation the conscript disclosed that he was born in Finland and did not hold any other nationalities.
It remains unclear where the suspicion about the dual citizenship originally stemmed from, Rappe said.
The National Bureau of Investigation is currently looking into another case of alleged discrimination where a dual citizen of Finland and Russia was banned from applying for work in a military canteen.
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