Finland far-right terror group plotted to kill Prime Minister Sanna Marin and start a race war after they created firearms using 3D printers, court hears
- Four men are on trial in Lahti on charges linked to planning terrorist act and firearms possession
Four men are on trial in Lahti on charges linked to planning a terrorist act and firearms possession, The Times reports.
Police say the men were following ‘accelerationism’ – the idea that capitalism or processes branching out from it should be deepened or sped up to trigger radical change.
The idea was tied to a wave of hate killings in the US, including the Buffalo shooting in 2022, in which 10 Black people died.
The men allegedly created firearms using 3D printers. Raids on their properties revealed a list of targets, featuring members of parliament, minority groups and anti-fascist activists.
Two of the defendants openly discussed killing Marin at a Social Democratic Party event in Lahti in 2022. They shared information that she would be making an appearance on Telegram.
Under questioning, one of the men said: ‘The FGC-9 gun was within reach, and I could have reached Lahti market by car in less than ten minutes. At the same time, I talked about these things on Telegram, that were would be a theoretical possibility to attempt a political murder.’
The FGC-9 is 3D-printable semiautomatic pistol caliber carbine.
The defendant argued that they were not sincerely committed to a terrorist attack as they did not go through with the plan.
He described the chat as ‘ordinary banter’ about how easy it would be to carry out an attack on a Finnish head of state and said that they were simply blowing off steam and looking for extreme experiences.
However, he said he could have killed Marin if he wanted to, Finnish broadcaster YLE reports.
One of the men is on trial for firearm offences and the other three are facing terrorism charges.
In the raids, officers also discovered the address of Maria Ohisalo, a former leader of the Green League party who served as interior minister between 2019 and 2021.
Asked about their targets, one defendant replied that they deemed them enemies of ‘nationalists’ and possible sources of information.
He said: ‘I’m openly ethno-nationalist, I know what it leads to when there are too many ethnicities in the same space. Those ethnicities start to pursue their own interests as a group and that doesn’t lead to anything good for the Finns. However, I had no plans to shoot people or anything.’
Other sites specified targets such as the offices of the Left Alliance socialist party, a book shop and vegan café run by volunteers and an alternative nightclub in Tampere, a city in southern Finland.
Detective Inspector Tuomas Kuure told YLE that terms linked with accelerationism such as ‘race war’ and ‘incitement’ were used by the suspects in their messages.