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In June 2004, Pastor Ake Green was convicted of spreading hatred against homosexuals as a result of a June 2003 sermon. This conviction was overturned by an appeals court in February 2005 (click here for details).

Today, March 9, it was announced by the Swedish news agency, "The Local" that the prosecutor is appealing the acquittal to the Supreme Court. Speaking to the press, Green can see benefits to the appeal. "If I am found not guilty in the Supreme Court it will send a strong signal to the legal profession and the rest of society," he said. If the Supreme Court convicts him, he intends to appeal to the European Court of Human Rights. To read a transcript of the original sermon, click here.

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