few words about Lehto's sentence :
Theres some disturbing things about the sentence : usually this kind of sentence length in Finland is given for much harsher crimes, like rape or manslaughter under some circumstances.
Also the prosecutor Mika Illman choose the plaintiffs from his personal friends and politicans; ordinary citizens and less known people who were also critisized in Lehto's blogs were not accepted as plaintiffs in court.
The amount of fines is also amazing in Finnish standards. Lehto has to pay total of nearly 65,000 euros, which is average working mans 2 or 3 years salary. Usually the fine amounts are ten times less that in such court cases.
(i actually am not sure if plaintiff is the right word, by that word i mean the persons who were supposedly insulted and are in court against Lehto, seeking penalty for him)
My thanks to anon for the information.
Everytime you bow your head and knuckle under to PC societal pressure, this is the ultimate result.
(Read down for previous post.)
The following is self explanatory. My thanks to the author.
Herja has left a new comment on your post "The Execution of Britain."
"The infamous Seppo Lehto linked to your blog on the message board of finnish blogger Jussi Halla-aho and I'd like to comment on Europe and Lehto at the same time.
Europe is going down. Powerhungry EU, rampant multiculturalism, vilification of national symbols and values, badly controlled immigration combined with welfare society, all this is creating a completely untenable situation. We are heading for a fall and nobody knows what Europe will look like in the future.
Fjordman's idea of European Indigenous People’s Movement is in my opinion flawed. Just one more Pan-European effort that will not work. Or, like EU, will not work without a load of other people's money thrown into it.
Italy's last election showed that major political change is possible in an EU-country. But problems must be quite visible and this is the reason that Fjordman's idea will not work. If the people of a country want change, that change will most likely happen inside the borders of an established state.
So problems in each country will continue until the situation becomes intolerable. But for now majority of the population in EU-countries are ignorant of the problems and motives of our leaders. And at the same time dissidents are being cowed into silence.
This brings us to Seppo Lehto. He's a great target and his racist and slanderous anonymous blogs were a great way to make him an example, far better example than Mikko Ellilä*. Very few people have sympathy for Lehto as his blogs were prime examples of defamation. But to get the maximum penalty, 2,5 years of jail, is beyond comprehension especially when finnish courts are very lenient towards violent offenders. To an american this sentence must seem even more extreme as you hold freedom of expression in higher regard as europeans.
Lehto's sentence is part of the scare tactics common in many EU-countries today. Take few visible celebrities (Brigitte Bardot), politicians (Jean-Marie La Pen) or loonies (Seppo Lehto) and give them a stern sentence and maybe other dissidents will keep their mouth shut. Finnish officials are at the moment especially eager to silence dissidents as Finland is seeking greater immigration and as a Scandinavian welfare state integration so far has failed miserably. Critique is not something they want to see right now.
Seppo Lehto will appeal to a higher court to get his sentence reduced. This will probably happen, but I fear for him as his prosecutor is tied with current and previos minority ombudsman and this prosecutor made his thesis on "hate against ethnic or racial group" so his authority is also on the line.
*Case Ellilä: http://www.vdare.com/fulford/080513_fulford_file.htm)
Again, thanks. Very few people in the US are aware of what is happening Canada, much less Europe.
We are a spoiled protected people and many just assume that people in Europe have the same rights we do. They don't and your point re scaring people into submission is well made.