Court dismisses case against Blockfest founder
A money laundering charge against the founder of Finland’s Blockfest festival has been dismissed by the Helsinki District Court.
Kalle Kallonen was accused of transporting €10,000 in drug money from Finland to Spain in May 2021.
However, Iltalehti reports the charge was thrown out after the court ruled evidence pertaining to the case acquired by the FBI from encrypted messaging app Anom was inadmissible.
A similar charge against Kallonen’s co-accused – Finnish rap artist William, aka Ville Virtanen – was also dropped, with the court ordering the state to reimburse the pair’s legal costs of around €5,000 each.
Both Kallonen and Virtanen denied the allegations, which were part of a larger criminal case involving 10 people
The report adds that the case is likely to continue before the court of appeal.
Both Kallonen and Virtanen denied the allegations, which were part of a larger criminal case involving 10 people in total. Several other defendants have been jailed, mainly for aggravated drug offences.
Founded in 2008 in Tampere, Finland, Blockfest has grown to become one of the biggest hip-hop festivals in the Nordic countries. Taking place at the Tampere stadium, the two-day festival attracts some 75,000 festival-goers each year.
In 2019, Blockfest was acquired by Live Nation Finland following years of collaboration with the festival.
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