Sebastian Tynkkynen, the chairperson of the Finns Party Youth, has been charged with ethnic agitation and breach of the sanctity of religion for publishing a series of inflammatory writings on Facebook.
The charges against him were brought by Deputy Prosecutor General Raija Toiviainen on Friday.
Tynkkynen in his writings is considered to have disparaged, slandered and threatened Muslims and offended them by defaming and disgracing several holy aspects of Islam, according to a press release from the Office of the Prosecutor General.
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The outspoken politician, who was relieved of his duties as deputy chairperson for lashing out at his party leadership roughly a year ago, has denied the accusations. He appeared on a live stream broadcast on Friday, accusing the legal system of not treating all religions equally and claiming that the only religion that can be criticised and even disparaged is Christianity.
Toiviainen, meanwhile, reminds that the freedom of speech does not afford policy-makers participating in the public debate the right to employ hate speech against an entire religious group, as by doing so they breed contempt and religious intolerance-based hatred.
The Finns Party is no stranger to charges brought against its members. Teuvo Hakkarainen (PS), a second-term Member of Parliament from Viitasaari, was charged with ethnic agitation earlier this month for a writing published on Facebook, while Terhi Kiemunki (PS), a Councillor for the City of Tampere, is facing the same charge for a blog published earlier this year.
Aleksi Teivainen – HT
Photo: Roni Rekomaa – Lehtikuva
Source: Uusi Suomi