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Policeman fined over Finland First protest threat

According to the Helsinki District Court, the off-duty policeman approached the protesters in central Helsinki in February and said he would "destroy" them.

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The Finland First camp in central Helsinki Image: Mårten Lampén / Yle

A police officer has been fined for intimidating a group of ultranationalist Finland First demonstrators.

According to the Helsinki District Court, the off-duty policeman approached the protesters at their camp in central Helsinki in February and said he would destroy them. The man was convicted of an illegal threat.

One demonstrator told the court that the police officer behaved aggressively towards him and threatened to beat him up. The suspect said he had wanted to speak his mind to the protesters, who had taped and published a video of him while he had been on work duty at the camp the previous week.The police officer also said his private photos where his friends were visible had been distributed in the anti-immigrant MV-Lehti.

While the evidence in the case was conflicting, the policeman's threat to destroy the protester can be considered an illegal threat, the court said. What is more, the demonstrators had a reason to fear for their personal safety. The court also found it particularly reprehensible that the suspect was a police officer, albeit off duty.

The court ordered the police officer to pay 30 day fines, which came to 1,170 euros.

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