The Supreme Court announced Monday that it will not grant Perussuomalaiset (PS) MP James Hirvisaari permission to appeal a conviction for hate speech handed down in December by the Kouvola Court of Appeal, reports Helsingin Sanomat.
Last week, the PS suffered another blow when its MP Jussi Halla-aho was forced to resign as chairman of the administration committee after the Supreme Court had fined him for defaming a religion and for inciting ethnic hatred.
The PS chairman Timo Soini said in December that he would decide if Hirvisaari could continue being a member of the party after a higher court had decided to take the PS MP’s appeal or reject it.
Soini said in 2009 that any person would get sacked from the party if that person were charged for a racist crime. He claimed soon after last year’s election that there wasn’t one racist among the PS and that if Halla-aho got criminally charged he’d get sacked from the party.
Writes YLE in English: ”Last December Hirvisaari was sentenced to a fine when the Kouvola Appeal Court reversed a decision of the Päijät-Hame district court, which found him not guilty of the charge.
Hirvisaari was sentenced for a blog article about immigration in the Uusi Suomi (New Finland) online paper back in February 2010.”