Two politicians from the populist Finns Party were in court on Wednesday for online hate speech charges, with a third facing trial next week.
Finns Party MP Teuvo Hakkarainen was fined on Wednesday by Central Finland District Court in Jyväskylä, which convicted him of incitement against an ethnic group. The second-term MP was fined 1160 euros. After last summer's truck massacre in Nice, France, Hakkarainen made anti-Muslim comments on Facebook. Hakkarainen argued that his posts did not break any laws, but he does not intend to appeal the decision. In 2011 he was censured by his party for using a racial slur.
This time the party's parliamentary group will consider his case when the legislature reconvenes in early February.