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Daniel Scot Danny Nalliah
Daniel Scot and Danny Nalliah
Australian pastors Danny Nalliah and Daniel Scott, who were charged with "vilifying Muslims" in March 2002 (click here for more details), have won their appeal. Their case will now be sent back to the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal to be heard by a different judge. The court also suspended the orders for the pastors to publicly apologize for their comments. Their accuser, the Islamic Court of Victoria, has been ordered to pay half of the appeal costs. The costs of the original hearing will be decided by the judge who rehears their case. The two pastors reportedly hail the decision as "a victory for free speech."

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