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Charges Not Filed in Prophet Picture Publishing Case

The Finnish website of the group Suomen Sisu, a fringe nationalist group, will not face charges for an infraction against the freedom of worship for publishing caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad.

According to Deputy Prosecutor General Jorma Kalske, publishing the pictures did not constitute a crime against the freedom of worship. A crime should have the intention of causing offence or defamation.

Jaakko Hämeen-Anttila, a professor of Arabic language and Islam at the University of Helsinki, gave an expert opinion during the preliminary investigation. He said publishing the pictures did hurt Muslims’ religious feelings.

In February, Suomen Sisu posted pictures of the prophet that had previously been published by a Danish newspaper. According to the organisation, the decision to publish was in protest at the Swedish government's decision to close down a xenophobic website after it had published one of the pictures.

The National Bureau of Investigation carried out the preliminary investigation. YLE24, YLE’s Radio News

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