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Pop star to appeal to Strasbourg in bible-mocking case

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Nick Hodge 02.07.2012 10:59
A Polish pop star is taking her case to the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg, after losing an appeal last month against charges of insulting the religious feelings of two fellow Poles.

Doda: photo - Wikipedia/Jakub Kocoj

Dorota Rabczewska, better known to the public as Doda, was initially sentenced in January this year, losing her appeal in June at a Warsaw district court.

The singer was taken to court for remarks made in a 2009 interview in which she claimed that the bible “was written by someone who was hammered on wine and who'd been smoking herbs.”

The Warsaw court upheld the original verdict, which was a fine of 5000 zloty (1170 euro).

However, speaking to Polish weekly Wprost, the singer claimed that she would be vindicated by the Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg.

“I'm certain that after all this it will turn out that our Polish judiciary is a little mouldy at the very least,” she said.

“Unfortunately, I'm going to ridicule my country and our judiciary,” she said, adding that she will “fight to the end.”

Rabczewska suggested that it could be a “landmark” case for Poles.

“Perhaps, thanks to this, people in Poland will stop being afraid of their thoughts,” she said, declaring that religious issues “should not be settled in courts.”

The singer was originally brought to court owing to complaints filed by Ryszard Nowak, chairman of the privately run Nationwide Defence Committee Against Sects, and Stanislaw Kogut, a senator for the conservative Law and Justice party.

Ryszard Nowak has been involved in several high profile cases of this kind, including one against Miss Rabczewska's former boyfriend, Adam Darski, frontman of death metal band Behemoth.

Darski, known to his fans as Nergal, was taken to court for tearing up a copy of the bible during a 2007 concert. The long-running case was ultimately dropped. (nh)

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