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Spy professor to teach in Helsinki

Helsinki newspaper says Copenhagen's espionage-convicted professor has new Finnish job

[Editor’s note 28 August 2014: Timo Kivomäki was found guilty under the Danish paragraph 108, the so-called mild espionage paragraph, on 31 May 2012. Mild espionage is defined as aiding a foreign intelligence service without directly researching for them or informing for them. He was given a five month prison sentence. A resumé of the court’s decision can be found here. He served two and a half months in home arrest and four days of community service]

Convicted of ‘mild espionage’ in Denmark, Finnish ex-University of Copenhagen professor is to teach and do research in Finland, report media.

He has just been offered a two-year temporary job at Helsinki University, teaching world politics.

Timo Kivimäki has maintained his innocence in the face of a five month prison sentence for forwarding confidential information, including student information, to the Russian Embassy in Copenhagen. The espionage conviction lost him his job at the University of Copenhagen.

Best qualified

The university in Helsinki informed the newspaper Helsingin Sanomat, that Timo Kivimäki was the best qualified of all the applicants.

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