Speaking to members of the organization, EKL chairman Tiit Aleksejev said: “The public response, particularly with a growing number of EKL members, has shown that the conviction goes hand in hand with the December 21 ruling [for Helme to retain his EKL membership] has weight as the sole result in Peeter Helmes expulsion. “
At the end of November, the Harju District Court sentenced Helme to one year and four months suspended prison sentence, with a two-year probationary period having passed. Helme reportedly plans to appeal the decision to the secondary district court.
Following last week’s announcement, a member, writer Sass Henno, announced via his social media account that he would be leaving the EKL because of the decision. Henno was later joined by the writer Andra Teede and the theater critic Meelis Oidsalu, with the likelihood that further resignations would follow.
Tiit Aleksejev chose instead to exclude helmets to avoid further deterioration in the EKL’s reputation and / or its possible dissolution, he said.
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