Court declares Finnish neo-Nazi group bankrupt

The Finnish neo-Nazi organisation Nordic Tradition, an associate of the Nordic Resistance Movement (NRM), has been declared bankrupt.

Finland’s Supreme Court upheld on appeal a decision to ban the neo-Nazi NRM in September.

“Writings published on the NRM website have targeted various population groups in a way that has to be considered ethnic agitation and therefore criminal. In addition, the use of violence linked to the organisation’s activities has to be considered a part of the organisation’s operations,” the Supreme court justified.

According to the Supreme Court, the association operated in violation of the law and accepted principles of morality. In its ruling, the court supported the 2018 view of the Turku Appeals Court that the association should be shut down for the general good of society, because of its violent acts and militia-like structure. “Some of the activities were directly in violation of the criminal code. The operating methods that were considered unlawful represented a substantial part of the organisation’s operations, and [the organisation] only engaged in a limited amount of other types of activities.”

The lawyer who filed for bankruptcy said in his bankruptcy application that the debts of Pohjoinen Perinne were greater than the assets, and no property or assets were transferred to him at any point, leaving the filing for bankruptcy as the only viable option.

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