Swedish court overturns police decision to ban Koran burnings

AFP , Tuesday 4 Apr 2023

A Swedish court Tuesday overturned a police decision to ban two Koran burning protests, saying security risk concerns were not enough to limit the right to demonstrate.

Protests broke out everywhere in the world after anti-Muslim politician Rasmus Paludan burned a Quran in Sweden


The "police authority has not had sufficient support for its decisions," judge Eva-Lotta Hedin said in a statement, referring to planned protests outside the Turkish and Iraqi embassies in Stockholm.

Swedish intelligence announced the arrest of five people suspected of planning a "terrorist act" after demonstrators burnt the Koran in front of the Turkish embassy in Stockholm in January.

"The current case is one of several that the Swedish Security Service has been working on... in connection with the high-profile Koran burning," said Susanna Trehorning, deputy head of the security service's counterterrorism unit, adding that suspects were linked to international "Islamic extremism".

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