Seppo Lehto

Seppo Lehto

Location: Tampere, Finland
61° 29' 52.8828" N, 23° 45' 53.4924" E
Status: Under Arrest
Arrested on 30 May 2008

Seppo Olavi Lehto (born 6 September 1962 in Kuru) is a Finnish extreme-right activist and video blogger best known for his extreme-right activism based on the return of Finnish territories occupied by the former USSR during World War II.  He becamse notorious in Finland for allegedly creating "filth blogs," which contained explicit racist insults illustrated with pornographic images, as well as for podcast on the Patriotradio site, where he called out members of ethnic and religious minorities, and politicians.  Outside Finland, Lehto is perhaps best known from a YouTube video in which he drew a cartoon of Muslim prophet Muhammad. The video was withdrawn from YouTube but was later republished there as well as on other online video sites. 

Seppo Lehto was sentenced to two years and four months' imprisonment in Tampere District Court on Thursday, 30 May 2008, and charged with nine counts of gross defamation, inciting ethnic hatred and inciting religious hatred. Lehto had previously served a suspended sentence for defamation and was under probation.

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