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Court dismisses Nightwish libel case

The Helsinki District Court has dismissed charges of libel related to the contents of an authorised book about the Finnish band Nightwish.

Marcelo Cabuli ja Tarja Turunen osalistuvat itsenäisyyspäivän vastaanotolle Presidentinlinnassa.
Marcelo Cabuli ja Tarja Turunen osalistuivat itsenäisyyspäivän vastaanotolle Presidentinlinnassa 2003. Image: Touko Yrttimaa / YLE

The former manager of one of Finland's most successful rock bands, Marcelo Cabuli and three of his Brazilian associates as well as former soloist Tarja Turunen sued both the author and publisher of the book ”Once Upon a Nightwish” for libel.

The court ruled that the book written in Finnish and aimed at the Finnish market, which criticises Cabuli on a few pages, did not detrimentally affect his work or reputation in South America.

The book blames Cabuli -- husband of the band's former lead singer Tarja Turunen -- for the events leading up to Turunen's dramatic expulsion from the band in late 2005.

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