Seiska: Keuruu’s reception center manager Rasul Azizan relieved of duties by Red Cross due to “loss of confidence”

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The manager of the Keuruu asylum reception center, Rasul Azizan, has been relieved of his duties by his employer the Red Cross due to “loss of confidence,” according to Seiska. In May last year, Deputy Manager Jari Sillantie of the Kolari asylum reception center was sacked by the Red Cross because “he wasn’t suited for the job.”

The police service at Keuruu confirmed to the magazine that the Red Cross has filed criminal charges against Azizan and the police will decide whether to press charges.

Read the original posting here.

Seiska alleges in the story that Azizan is suspected of misusing funds, among another charge.

Migrant Tales reported in October about the numerous problems at the Keuruu asylum reception center that were also published in Jyväskylä-based Keskisuomalainen.

Below are some of the grievances published in October by Migrant Tales against the Keuruu reception center’s manager:

  • The manager is Iranian and there are some asylum seekers who believe that he has a personal grudge against Afghans. Close to a million Afghans live in Iran as refugees and as second-class citizens;
  • There is no cooperation between the asylum seekers and the manager. “The boss of the camp makes up his own rules, according to an asylum seeker;”
  • All of the interpreters speak Farsi and are Iranian, not Afghans, who speak Dari. Both languages are close relatives but are not the same language;
  • No cultural or religious ceremonies are allowed at the refugee center but Christian pastors (Pentecostal?) recently visited the camp;
  • Recently, asylum seekers from Afghanistan, Iraq, Iran and Somalia had to rent a warehouse for 450 euros outside of the center for five days because they weren’t allowed to celebrate the Ashura religious holiday at the refugee center;
  • Contact with Finnish people isn’t encouraged. There are no volunteer;
  • The center was given used clothes and shoes from Finns. Some at the reception are asking why the clothes weren’t given to the asylum seekers;
  • Some relatives of the manager, like his brother who works in the kitchen, are suspected of being employed at the center.