Summary: Räsänen acquitted of all charges; prosecutor hesitates about appeal


Northern Europe

Evert van Vlastuin,

Räsänen speaking to the Finnish television after the publication of the verdict. Photo Danielle Miettinen,

Finnish MP Päivi Räsänen was acquitted on Wednesday of the three charges of insulting homosexuals. According to the court, she remained within the limits of freedom of religion and expression. The acquittal also applies to the Lutheran bishop Juhana Pohjola.