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Racial incitement sentence against Finns Party MP upheld

Finns Party MP James Hirvisaari was denied leave to appeal a sentence for inciting racial hatred handed down by the Kouvola Court of Appeal.

James Hirvisaari. Image: Jyrki Lyytikkä / yle

A sentence for inciting racial hatred will stand against Finns Party MP James Hirvisaari, following the rejection of his petition to appeal by Finland’s Supreme Court.

Last December Hirvisaari was sentenced to a fine when the Kouvola Appeal Court reversed a decision of the Päijät-Hame district court, which found him not guilty of the charge.

Hirvisaari was sentenced for a blog article about immigration in the Uusi Suomi (New Finland) online paper back in February 2010.

The Appeal Court found that Hirvisaari knew that his article was slanderous and was fueled by his own contempt, intolerance and even hatred towards Muslims.