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The prosecution is appealing the acquittal of 13 of the Fosen protesters

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Ella Marie Hætta Isaksen and co-accused in the Fosen case in Oslo District Court. Photo: Ole Berg-Rusten / NTB

Of NTB | 22.04.2024 13:30:32

War and conflicts: The Oslo district court acquitted all of the defendants after the Fosen demonstrations in central Oslo earlier this month.

This sentence has now been partially appealed by the prosecution, and applies to the 13 who demonstrated at the Ministry of Oil and Energy, states the law firm Elden in a press release.

The acquittal of the five defendants who campaigned outside the Ministry of Finance is final. At the same time, the public prosecutor’s office has decided to cancel the indictment for seven campaigners who also participated in the campaign outside the Ministry of Finance.

– Freedom of speech and assembly is particularly important to hold the government accountable for human rights violations committed against indigenous people. We believe the district court’s judgment is principled, correct and good when it came to the fact that Norwegian democracy must have room for demonstrations like this, says Rønning.

He believes there is nothing to indicate that the prosecution’s appeal will get through to the Court of Appeal.

It will now be up to the appeals committee in the Borgarting Court of Appeal to decide whether the prosecution’s appeal should be processed or whether the district court’s judgment will stand.

The lawyers Olaf Halvorsen Rønning and Anne-Marie Gulichsen, who defended the activists in the district court, believe that the prosecution, by appealing the verdict, placed too little emphasis on the fact that the case differs from other types of cases concerning civil disobedience.

The demonstrations in Oslo were aimed at the government’s lack of follow-up on the Fosen case following the Supreme Court’s judgment in the case. The Supreme Court ruled that the establishment of wind power plants at Fosen was in violation of human rights because they violated the Sami’s right to exercise their culture.

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