Nousiainen, who had escaped the police for more than a year and a half, decided to stop hiding when HS found him in the deserted Verbier ski resort in the Swiss Alps. In a video interview with HS, Nousiainen explains why he decided to return to Finland.
Youth Foundation former chairman of the board Perttu Nousiainen returned to Finland voluntarily late Wednesday night. He arrived by plane from Zurich, Switzerland, on the same Finnair scheduled aircraft as the two journalists and photographers of Helsingin Sanomat.
Nousiainen, 42, who had escaped police for more than a year and a half, decided to stop hiding when Helsingin Sanomat found him last weekend in the deserted Verbier ski resort in the Swiss Alps. Nousiainen performed with a Finnish-Estonian false identity and used the name Tommy Koski.
HS spoke about the discovery of Nousiainen and the events that led to it earlier Wednesday in an extensive article.
Read more: Perttu Nousiainen lost millions of the Youth Foundation and mysteriously disappeared – HS found a fugitive hiding from the police in a deserted ski resort in Switzerland
In Zurich Nousiainen gave HS a long interview on Wednesday. Nousiainen explained in detail what he has done since he disappeared in Tallinn in March 2020. The interview will be published in the coming days.
Nousiainen and his lawyer Kari Uoti were already in contact with the Finnish police from the beginning of the week, who have been looking for him for a year and a half. The police were in front of Nousiainen at Helsinki-Vantaa, and they caught the plane as soon as it landed shortly before the evening solstice.
This week, the public prosecutor nominated Nousiainen and the ex-CEO of the Youth Foundation Aki Haaroa against several charges of gross bribery, gross embezzlement and gross forgery.
The suspected crimes took place in 2014–2018.
Haaro has been available to the police all along. HS interviewed him in an extensive story published in early November about the Youth Foundation and the disappearance of Nousiainen.
Read more: Perttu Nousiainen was a promising youth politician until the twilight business began and finally only a crashed inflatable boat was found on the shores of Tallinn
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