Norway: Tore Tvedt, leader of the neo-Nazi organization Vigrid, has been acquitted of insulting Jews in a newspaper interview
Tvedt, 64, was cleared by Borgarting Court of Appeals on Tuesday, for remarks in an interview with national newspaper VG on July 14, 2003.
Tvedt's remarks included comments such as "the Jews are the main enemy", they "have killed our people" and that "they are evil murderers". Tvedt also said: "They are not human, they are parasites that shall be rooted out..."
Tvedt was convicted of insulting Norway's Jews in Eiker, Modum and Sigdal Court and was sentenced to 45 days in prison and two years probation, but his appeal has now been successful.
Borgarting Court ruled that the statements were not so coarse as to qualify for racist utterances.
"The ruling is important for freedom of speech in a democratic society and I note that with this the court has given expression free rein and reserved the use of punishment for those cases where violence or physical assault are threatened," said Tvedt's defense lawyer John Christian Elden.
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