Vastaamo hacking suspect surrendered to Finland – requested to be placed on remand

Publication date 27.2.2023 8.24
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The National Bureau of Investigation will request that the Finnish man suspected of the computer break-in committed against Psychotherapy Centre Vastaamo be placed on remand by the Western Uusimaa District Court in Espoo on Tuesday 28 February. The suspect was surrendered to Finland on Friday 24 February from France, where he was arrested at the beginning of the month.

The police will request that the 25-year-old Finnish man be placed on remand by the Western Uusimaa District Court on 28 February in relation to the Psychotherapy Centre Vastaamo hacking case. The request for remand is based on probable cause of aggravated extortion, aggravated computer break-in and aggravated dissemination of information violating personal privacy. 

The police released information about the suspected hacking for the first time in autumn 2020. The suspect has stayed abroad during the criminal investigation. The French police apprehended the suspect in a private apartment in Paris on 3 February, and the French authorities surrendered him to Finland on Friday 24 February.

– The next steps in the criminal investigation include, among others, to interview the suspect, says Head of Investigation, Detective Chief Inspector Marko Leponen of the National Bureau of Investigation.

The police remind that the victims of the hacking case may still report the crime to the police and complete an electronic statement form. Instructions for the victims can be found on the websites of the Finnish Police and Victim Support Finland.

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