The Linköping District Court in Sweden has handed down the country’s first verdict in a case of inciting ethnic hatred over a video of a burning Koran. This was reported by the press service of the court.
The person involved in the case, as noted in the report, was a 27-year-old man. He was sentenced to probation.
The reason for the case was a video recording that the defendant published on his Twitter and YouTube on September 11, 2020. The video, according to the court, showed a Koran wrapped in bacon with insulting inscriptions against the Prophet Muhammad, which was then set on fire and left near the mosque.
The video, as the BBC Russian Service writes, also used the song “Remove Kebab,” which is associated with the terrorist attack on a mosque in the New Zealand city of Christchurch in 2019, which killed 51 people. The court concluded that its use could be interpreted as “a threat against Muslims with a hint of their faith.”
Previously, Swedish prosecutors had not brought charges against such protests, saying they fell under laws on freedom of speech and expression.