Authorities plan to charge Helsinki City Councilman Jussi Halla-aho with violating laws relating to freedom of worship and inciting racial hatred. However, Halla-aho was not selected as a candidate for the European Parliament elections. Instead, the party Chair Timo Soini is to stand as the True Finns' candidate.
Deputy State Prosecutor Jorma Kalske made the decision to press charges Friday, based on opinions expressed in Halla-aho's Internet blog.
The prosecutor claims that last summer Halla-aho wrote about Muslims and other immigrant groups in a derogatory manner.