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Finnish court convicts neo-Nazi to 2 years in prison

FILE - This is a Dec.  21, 2016 file photo of Jesse Torniainen, a member of the Finnish neo-Nazi group Finnish Resistance Movement (FRM), during his trial in the District Court in Helsinki. A Finnish court on Friday Dec. 30, 2016  sentenced  neo-Nazi activist Jesse Torniainen to two years in prison for assaulting a 28-year-old man who later died of the wound he sustained when banging his head on the ground.  (Vesa Moilanen, Lehtikuva File via AP)

FILE - This is a Dec. 21, 2016 file photo of Jesse Torniainen, a member of the Finnish neo-Nazi group Finnish Resistance Movement (FRM), during his trial in the District Court in Helsinki. A Finnish court on Friday Dec. 30, 2016 sentenced neo-Nazi activist Jesse Torniainen to two years in prison for assaulting a 28-year-old man who later died of the wound he sustained when banging his head on the ground. (Vesa Moilanen, Lehtikuva File via AP)  (The Associated Press)

A Finnish court has sentenced a neo-Nazi activist to two years in prison for assaulting a 28-year-old man who later died of a head wound sustained when he fell to the ground.

The Helsinki District Court said Friday that Jesse Torniainen, 26, was guilty of aggravated assault for kicking Jimi Joonas Karttunen in the chest during a demonstration in the capital on Sept. 10. Karttunen died of his injuries six days later.

The court said Torniainen, of the Finnish chapter of the Nordic Resistance Movement, was provoked by Karttunen who allegedly disparaged the group and spat on the ground. During the trial, Torniainen said he only meant to scare Karttunen.

The incident has drawn public attention and led to calls to ban racist and extreme organizations.