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Nazi street patrol leader convicted of assault

Mika Ranta, the neo-Nazi who founded and runs the Soldiers of Odin street patrol group, has been convicted of assaulting several people and handed an 18 month suspended jail sentence.

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Kemi-Tornio district court has convicted the leader of an anti-immigrant street patrol group of aggravated assault. The court found that Mika Ranta, who founded the Soldiers of Odin group, struck a man on the head before hitting and kicking him while he lay on the ground.

The victim’s jaw was broken in the attack, which happened last summer, and Ranta also attacked female bystanders who tried to break up the fight.

Ranta was given an 18 month suspended prison sentence and will have to perform 50 hours of community service, as well as paying his victim 7,000 euros in compensation.

Ranta was a member of the neo-Nazi Finnish Resistance Movement before founding the Soldiers of Odin in late 2015.