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Neo-Nazi manslaughter suspect freed, with conditions

Jesse Torniainen, the neo-Nazi under suspicion of involuntary manslaughter after an assault at a far-right demonstration in September has been released from custody. Because he is considered a flight risk however, Helsinki District Court ordered a travel ban imposed on Torniainen.

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A memorial for the assault victim who died from his injuries, by Helsinki Central Railway Station in September. File photo. Image: Berislav Jurišić / Yle

Helsinki District Court has released Jesse Torniainen on his own recognisance, it was announced on Wednesday.

One of the founders of the extreme right-wing Finnish Resistance Movement, Torniainen stands accused of involuntary manslaughter and assault following an attack on a bystander at a demonstration by the neo-Nazi group outside Helsinki Central Railway Station last month.

The victim died of his injuries about a week after the incident. Torniainen was remanded in custody on September 21 after reportedly turning himself in to authorities.

The court said that Torniainen could be a flight risk and ordered a travel ban as part of conditions for his release.

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