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Appeals Court Overturns Hate Speech Conviction Against Pastor

Published fredag 11 februari 2005 kl 11.30
Pastor Åke Green

A Swedish pastor convicted of hate crimes after branding homosexuals a ”cancer” in a sermon had his conviction overturned by an appeals court on Friday.

The court ruled that Åke Green was protected by the country’s free speech laws and that his inflammatory speech against homosexuals during a 2003 sermon, in which he said gays were more likely than others to rape children and animals, was not a crime.

Green was convicted in June 2004 and sentenced to 30 days in jail.

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