Flyers forward Jori Lehtera will miss his scheduled appearance in a Finnish court Tuesday, where he is facing charges of buying cocaine, a Finnish newspaper reported. Lehtera, 31, is not legally obligated to attend the hearing because the Finnish court system has not been able to serve him with papers, Aamulehti reported.
Lehtera’s lawyer, Ari Nieminen, told the newspaper that Lehtera is willing to “clear things up” in court but is unable to attend now because of the NHL season.
“I do not believe that the case will be handled without his presence,” he said.
Lehtera, who has denied the charges, is accused of buying eight grams of cocaine in June and July in nightclubs in the town of Tampere.