Controversial Islamic cleric Bilal Philips is reportedly due to arrive in Finland at the end of March at the invitation of a Helsinki Muslim group. Finns Party MP Olli Immonen says Finland should bar the cleric's entry. However officials say they cannot block the entry of private individuals into the country without plausible justification.

The contentious Jamaican-born Islamic cleric Bilal Philips has been banned from entering several other countries such as Germany, Britain, Australia and Kenya. Philips became infamous for apparently defending suicide bombing, before later denouncing the practice as forbidden by Islam.

The website of a group called Helsingin Muslimit lists his visit as taking place on March 29-30. It adds that those who buy a ticket to the events will be informed of the location a week in advance.

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