Päivi Räsänen: "I am ready to defend freedom of expression and religion in all necessary courts"

Päivi Räsänen had been exonerated by the Helsinki District Court, but the public prosecutor officially appealed this decision.

On March 30, the Helsinki District Court rejected all the charges which weighed against Päivi Räsänen, a Finnish MP accused of “hate speech” for sharing her faith-based views on marriage and sexual ethics, including in a 2019 tweet.

The court then ruled that "it is not for the district court to interpret biblical concepts." But, according to ADF International, the legal organization that represents Päivi Räsänen, the public prosecutor has formally appealed this decision.

Päivi Räsänen reacted to this announcement and confirmed that she was ready "to defend freedom of expression and religion not only for me, but for everyone".

“This case has weighed on me and my family for almost three years. After my complete exoneration in court, I am appalled that the prosecutor is not dropping this campaign against me. Once again, I am ready to defend freedom of expression and religion not only for myself, but for everyone. I am grateful to everyone who supported me during this ordeal and ask for their continued support. »

A commitment that she confirmed during an interview conducted by Christian today.

“I had hoped that the prosecutors would have settled for this decision, but they have publicly stated that they will appeal to the Court of Appeal. I am ready to defend freedom of expression and religion before all necessary courts, including before the European Court of Human Rights. »

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