Section 88. Interruption of the limitation period

The limitation period pursuant to section 86 is interrupted when the suspect acquires the status of a person charged, see section 82 of the Criminal Procedure Act. If the charge is made by a statement out of court or by issuance of an optional penalty writ, the limitation period is interrupted when the person charged is notified of the charge. For such notification section 146, second paragraph, of the Courts of Justice Act applies correspondingly.
The interruption loses its effect when the prosecution is discontinued without the decision to do so being reversed by the superior prosecuting authority within the time limit given in section 75, second paragraph, of the Criminal Procedure Act. The same applies when the prosecution is suspended indefinitely. When calculating whether the limitation period has expired, the period of prosecution shall be included. This does not apply if the prosecution is suspended because the person charged has evaded prosecution.