Lars Hedegaard has been acquitted of on the charge of denigrating and insulting Muslims. The ground of acquittal was that his comments were not intended for public dissemination. How, then, did the remarks come to the attention of the prosecutor? I initially was under the impression (see Hedegaard’s correction below) that someone who was present in Hedegaard’s living room during the discussion, taped it and posted it on the Internet, without Hedegaard’s approval. How about that? Leave aside for the moment the idea that making an arguably factual statement about Islam is a crime for which you can be tried and imprisoned. Now even a statement made in the privacy of one’s home can be grounds for prosecution, if it gets published or spread on the Web in some form. Europeans might as well be living in Communist Russia.
Further, since the prosecutors knew all along that the statement was made in Hedegaard’s home, why did they spend a year prosecuting him, only to drop the case? To spread a message of intimidation? Or did they hope to convict him notwithstanding the privately intended nature of the remark? Here is Hedegaard’s response to the acquittal, posted at the site of the International Free Press Society. Below is his February 1 e-mail to me correcting my above account and explaining the reasons for the acquittal:
Lars Hedegaard writes:
1. I gave a taped interview—whose content I knew was for publication (but of course not verbatim and unedited).Posted February 5
Mr. Hedegaard adds:
One thing: The prosecutor didn’t drop the case but went to court with it and was overruled by the judge, who found in my favour.
Posted by Lawrence Auster at February 03, 2011 08:49 AM | Send