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Snowden loses Norway lawsuit. Oslo District Court has rejected the US whistle-blower’s anti-extradition bid. Edward Snowden is due to handed the 2016 Ossietzky Prize by Norwegian PEN. The freedom of expression NGO is part of PEN International, founded by English novelist John Galsworthy in 1922. The former CIA contractor, who leaked details of extensive internet and phone surveillance by American intelligence to the media, is currently in Russia after being granted temporary asylum.

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Snowden loses Norway lawsuit

Published on Monday, 27th June, 2016 at 14:14 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .
Last Updated on 27th June 2016 at 14:29.

Oslo District Court has rejected the US whistle-blower’s anti-extradition bid.

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Edward Snowden is due to handed the 2016 Ossietzky Prize by Norwegian PEN. The freedom of expression NGO is part of PEN International, founded by English novelist John Galsworthy in 1922.

The former CIA contractor, who leaked details of extensive internet and phone surveillance by American intelligence to the media, is currently in Russia after being granted temporary asylum.

He faces charges of espionage regarding his actions.

His civil lawsuit against the Norwegian State is designed to prevent his arrest and extradition to the US should he travel to Norway in order to receive his prize this November.

Government lawyers have asked Oslo District Court to reject Mr Snowden’s legal action.

Their view is that his possible extradition is not a matter for civil proceedings. Judges have now found in favour of the State and dismissed the lawsuit.

A trial can only proceed in cases where the actual extradite is in Norway and when there is a request for extradition, they say.  

 “[Mr] Snowden is not in Norway and the US has not submitted an extradition request either,” states the ruling.

“There’s very little doubt that this request for extradition will be presented seconds after he sets foot in Norway,” Jon Wessel-Aas, representing pressure groups helping Edward Snowden with his case, tells NRK.

Norwegian PEN says that there is no doubt that they will be appealing the judgement.




Published on Monday, 27th June, 2016 at 14:14 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .
Last updated on 27th June 2016 at 14:29.

This post has the following tags: snowden, espionage, extradition, paywall.





  
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