Neo-Nazi suspects discussed ‘how easy’ attacking Finnish PM would be, court hears

On Monday, the trial of Finnish men accused of crimes with terrorist intent, who authorities claim were motivated by far-right ideologies, began at Päijät-Häme District Court on Monday.

According to the prosecutor, three of the four defendants are facing various charges related to firearms offences and training to commit a terrorist act. The fourth suspect is facing firearms possession charges.

Police have said the suspects are neo-Nazis who aimed to use accelerationist tactics to destabilise society, start a race war and advance their far-right goals.

Contrary to what authorities initially suggested during a preliminary investigation of the case, the prosecutor said the men did not formally form a group.

The central matter of the prosecutor’s case surrounds the firearms that the defendants stand accused of manufacturing using 3D printing technology — allegedly part of preparations for a “race war.”

Read more: YLE (Finland)