Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Five US citizens seeking asylum in Finland

This news was ignored in foreign media, so I guess I have to translate it.

"Finnish border officials were amazed when five US citizens applied for asylum status yesterday evening at the Helsinki-Vantaa airport.

The applicants had arrived to Finland from inside the Schengen area and informed The Border Guard of their desire for asylum status. From here on the actual application process will be handled by Directorate of Immigration.

- In near history this is the first time adult US citizens have applied for asylum status in Finland, major Janne Piiroinen told reporters.

According to the information made available to reporters, the US citizens are part of the same group. Officially the reason of the asylum application is still unknown, but it is not related to protests of Iraq war."