Tory ally convicted of race hate appointed to Civil Liberties committee

A Finnish MEP and ally of David Cameron with a criminal record for inciting racial hatred has been appointed to the Civil Liberties Committee of the European Parliament.

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A Finnish MEP and ally of David Cameron with a criminal record for inciting racial hatred has been appointed to the Civil Liberties Committee of the European Parliament.

Jussi Halla-Aho, a member of the Tory-aligned European Conservatives and Reformists (ECR) group, was convicted in 2012 of ethnic agitation and breaching the religious peace after writing a blog post in which he accused Islam of ‘sanctifying paedophilia’.

A report was also filed over blog posts in which Halla-Aho sarcastically stated that robbery and living on taxpayers money were cultural and possibly genetic characteristics of Somalis.

Halo-Aho is a member of the True Finns party, which has courted controversy in the past after a member of the party was photographed giving a Nazi salute on the steps of the Finnish parliament. In another incident, an opinion poll of True Finn voters revealed that 51 per cent agreed with the statement: ‘People of certain races are unsuited for life in a modern society’.

The party is also vehemently opposed to same sex marriage.

Yet despite all of this, Halla-Aho was yesterday appointed to the European Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs Committee of the European Parliament.

Last month Tory MEPs admitted the far-right Danish People’s Party (DPP) and True Finns to the European Conservatives and Reformists group [ECR], established by David Cameron in 2009. A DPP figure was convicted in 2002 for publishing material that appeared to link a multiethnic society to rape, violence and forced marriages.

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6 Responses to “Tory ally convicted of race hate appointed to Civil Liberties committee”

  1. treborc1

    The real issue is not that’s he’s a friend of the Tories he could just as easily be pals with any party, but how is he’s an MEP at all.

  2. Sam Spruce

    Stunning. I’m stunned!

  3. rat man

    Because people voted for him, because many agree with him.

    You don’t address a problem by attacking the symptom.

  4. sarntcrip

    is he in ukip?

  5. Guest

    Ah yes, another excuse for isolationism, that we need to appease the far right..

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