This is good news, and the Tundra Tabloids is happy that he was acquitted by the court, but the problem is that he was acquitted solely because he didn’t expect the interview to be made public. More than likely if he had known that the unedited taped interview was going to be disseminated to the public at large, he would still be facing a sentence of some sort. These hate speech laws need to be attacked from every which direction.
Lars Hedegaard acquitted in racism
31. January 2011 13:06 Inland
President of the Free Press Society, Lars Hedegaard, in the Court of Frederiksberg acquitted of racist statements.
The background is a good 35 minutes long interview to the site snaphanen.dk which Hedegaard gave in December 2009.
Here, said Hedegaard, among other things, that “girls in Muslim families are raped by their uncles, their cousins or their dad.”
The Court believes that Heath’s statements are insulting, but he was dismissed because he did not know that the interview that took place during a juleforkost, would be published.
Lars Hedegaard has previously expressed regret if his statements gave the impression that he would accuse all Muslims of abusing their children.
The day after the interview he stressed that his opinions were about Islam and not Muslims.
The prosecutor would have Lars Hedegaard fined penalty because the 68-year-old journalist has not previously been convicted of violating racism paragraph.
The priest Jesper Langballe was last year fined 5000 dollars for publicly backing up Hedegaards opinions.
Lars Hedegaard interviewed here on Russia Today:
UPDATE: Statement by Lars Hedegaard on his acquittal
Courtesy of Gaia.
Copenhagen, January 31, 2011
As my ancient forefathers, the vikings, would have said: It is always good to fight. It is better to win.
My detractors – the foes of free speech and the enablers of an Islamic ascendancy in the West – will claim that I was acquitted on a technicality, namely that the judge in the Court of Frederiksberg resolved that my supposedly offensive comments on the violations against little Muslim girls were not intended for public dissemination.
That is absolutely true. The judge chose to the way out provided by my capable counsel.
However, the public prosecutor has been privy to the circumstances surrounding my case for a year – and yet he chose to prosecute me. Obviously in the hope that he could secure a conviction given the Islamophile sentiment among our ruling classes.
My acquittal is therefore a major victory for free speech.
I have no doubt that the massive support I have received from freedom fighters around the world has been instrumental in securing my acquittal.
This outcome will encourage people all over the West and beyond to speak up.
The battle for freedom is far from lost.