Hussein al-Taee’s vacant seat in the Finnish Parliament. Al-Taee has been on sick leave since Tuesday, 30 April. (Heikki Saukkomaa – Lehtikuva)


HUSSEIN AL-TAEE (SDP), a newly elected first-term Member of the Finnish Parliament, has been hospitalised and on sick leave as of Tuesday, according to the Social Democrats.

Antti Lindtman, the chairperson of the Social Democratic Parliamentary Group, on Thursday revealed that the sick leave is related to the recent public outrage about the past social media posts of al-Taee.

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“The past weeks have been tough for Hussein al-Taee. That’s what his hospitalisation is about. You could say we’re talking about the sufficiency of his mental resources. Now it’s important that he has the time to recover and that he’s given the time to do so,” commented Lindtman.

Al-Taee earlier this week confirmed the authenticity of screenshots of social media posts in which he disparaged homosexuals, Jews, Somalis and Sunni Muslims. “I have gone through [the screenshots] over and over again, and I can say that they are unfortunately real,” he wrote on his personal website on Monday.

Iltalehti on Thursday reported that the Office of the Prosecutor General has asked the police to evaluate whether or not a pre-trial investigation should be opened into the social media posts. State Prosecutor Anu Mantila confirmed the report to YLE, revealing that the request for inquiry was made by a private individual.

Lindtman refrained from commenting on the preliminary evaluation to be carried out by the police, adding that the priority should be to neither complicate the process, nor hinder the recovery of al-Taee. The Social Democratic Parliamentary Group will similarly not address the incident formally until his recovery.

Aleksi Teivainen – HT
Source: Uusi Suomi