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Police mull inquiry into Finns Party candidate’s inflammatory Facebook posts

Police are looking into whether or not to launch an inquiry into Facebook posts made by Finns Party municipal election candidate Amon Rautiainen. The Kotka candidate reportedly criticised Islam and said it would be “patriotic” to eliminate Prime Minister Jyrki Katainen and Finance Minister Jutta Urpilainen.

Among the more inflammatory comments allegedly made by the Finns Party standing for election in the southeastern municipality of Kotka was a call for Muslims to be cooked alive.

He was also said to have written that it would be “patriotic” to execute Prime Minister Jyrki Katainen and Finance Minister Jutta Urpilainen, leaders of the National Coalition and Social Democratic parties respectively.

Rautiainen however removed the provocative texts Monday, claiming that he did not know that they would be publicly available on the social networking site.

He said that he regretted the posts and that they had been written on the spur of the moment.

“I wrote the posts with humour and in the heat of the moment,” he said.

The Finns Party member said that he was not opposed to any ethnic group but that he was extremely concerned about the spread of extreme Islam.

Police are currently considering whether to open an investigation into the updates.

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