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Finland: Prosecutors confirm they will appeal to overturn Päivi Räsänen free speech victory, demanding large fines

Finland: Prosecutors confirm they will appeal to overturn Päivi Räsänen free speech victory, demanding large fines
Paul Coleman and Päivi Räsänen | Source: ADF International
ET staff writer
ET staff writer
14 May, 2022 2 min read

Prosecutors in Finland have officially lodged an appeal in a bid to overturn an important free speech victory involving two Christians.

In March, a court dismissed all criminal charges against a Christian Parliamentarian, Päivi Räsänen, and a church leader, Bishop Pohjola.

The pair were both taken to court and accused of committing ‘hate crimes’ for expressing their biblical beliefs about marriage and sexual ethics.

‘As is so often the case in “hate speech” trials, the process has become part of the punishment.’
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