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Hate speech case reopened against Christian MP in Finland

Päivi Rasanen(Photo: ADF International)

The case has been reopened against a Christian MP in Finland who was found not guilty of hate speech earlier this year.

Päivi Räsänen, a former interior minister, has been accused of hate speech after sharing her Christian beliefs on marriage and sexuality.

She was acquitted by the Helsinki District Court in March.

The Helsinki Court of Appeal has now decided to reopen the case against Räsänen after the Finnish prosecutor appealed the verdict.

Gospel orientation reports that it will be the fall or possibly even 2023 before the case returns to court.

Räsänen expressed disappointment with the prosecutor’s decision to appeal the verdict.

“I had hoped the prosecutors would have settled for that decision,” she previously said.

“I stand ready to defend freedom of expression and religion in all necessary courts, including before the European Court of Human Rights.”

Räsänen is supported in her case by the Alliance Defending Freedom International (ADF).

ADF executive director Paul Coleman criticized the treatment of Räsänen by the Finnish state.

“The state’s insistence on pursuing these lawsuits despite such a clear and unanimous decision by the Helsinki District Court is alarming,” he said.

“Dragging people to court for years, subjecting them to hour-long police interrogations, and wasting taxpayers’ money to control people’s deeply held beliefs has no place in a democratic society.

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