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“A criminal case has been initiated under two Finnish Criminal Code articles concerning the violation of religious tolerance rules,” Johan Backman, a prominent Finnish human rights activist and an adjunct professor of the University of Helsinki, told Interfax on Wednesday.

“The Finnish Criminal Code bans even an attempt to obstruct a religious service (Article 17-11) and any kind of humiliation of another person’s faith in writing or in other forms (17-10). Wearing a mask at a public place and unsanctioned rallies are also prohibited. It is necessary to notify police beforehand in Finland,” Backman said.

“Teivainen’s punishment now depends on the Finnish Prosecutor General’s Office, which makes decisions on pressing charges on anti-religious crimes. If the Prosecutor General’s Office presses charges against the professor, he will face up to 2 years’ imprisonment,” he said.

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