Police open pre-trial investigations into three MPs

The three MPs are all from different parties, but are facing prosecution over controversial comments they made.

File picture showing exterior of parliament with flowers, spring 2019 / Credit: News Now Finland

Three Members of the Finnish Parliament, from three different parties, are facing possible court cases as police announce they’re launching pre-trial investigations into the politicians.

Christian Democrat MP, former party leader and ex-interior minister Päivi Räsänen posted on Twitter in June that Helsinki Pride was bringing sin and shame. She also criticised the church’s participation in the event.

According to the police, Räsänen’s comments show intolerance towards minorities.

Finns Party MP Juha Mäenpää gave a speech in parliament in June, comparing asylum seekers and Islam with a harmful alien species. Police say they’ve received several reports about his comments, but as the remarks were made in parliament under parliamentary privilege, five-sixths of MPs would have to vote to approve any prosecution.

Hussein al-Taee (SDP) is facing prosecution over disparaging comments he made online against women, Jews, Sunni Muslims, gay people and Somalis.

Police say each case will be dealt with separately, but as there’s been significant public interest they will aim to get the pre-trial investigations completely promptly.