Pekka Paavola

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Pekka Paavola in 2010.

Pekka Paavola (born August 3, 1933 in Tampere) is a Finnish politician, Minister of Justice in the 1972 cabinet, and a convicted criminal in multiple cases.

Paavola was a city manager in Tampere 1969–1985. He was the Minister of Justice in the 1972 Rafael Paasio's cabinet with Social Democratic support. He was convicted of corruption in so called Noppa Case in the 1980s, when he was found guilty of misusing office for personal gain. Paavola was manager in the newspaper company Lehtimiehet Oy and later in the magazine company Yhtyneet Kuvalehdet. He retired in 1996. He returned to politics in 1992 when he was elected to Tampere city council on the Pro Tampere ticket. He later formed the Tampere Independents group.

In 2002, he was convicted of aggravated tax fraud. He received a 10-month suspended prison sentence.[1][2]

The city council dismissed Paavola in 2002, but he was elected again in 2004. In December 2006 he was elected as a chairman of the council with a support from the Conservatives, Christian Democrats, The Centre and the Greens. He still has a good reputation among many ordinary people in Tampere.[3] He was on Tampere city council until 2008.

On December 31, 2009 Paavola was handed a four-month suspended sentence for perjury in a case related to Maija-Liisa Lahtinen.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Tampereen valtuusto erotti Pekka Paavolan". Turun Sanomat. 2002-03-14. Archived from the original on September 30, 2007. Retrieved 2010-01-04. 
  2. ^ "Entinen oikeusministeri erotettiin luottamustoimista". MTV3. 2002-03-13. Retrieved 2010-01-04. 
  3. ^ Jarkko Vesikansa (2007-11-14). "Pekka Paavola". Suomen Kuvalehti. Retrieved 2010-01-04. 
  4. ^ "Pekka Paavola sai ehdollista vankeutta valehtelusta oikeudessa". Helsingin Sanomat. 2009-12-31. Retrieved 2010-01-04.