According to the prosecutor, some of the characters in the Perno Mega City novel were identifiable as real people. The prosecutor withdrew the charges because the parties reached a settlement just before the trial began.
Middle Finland an extraordinary trial concerning a Finnish novel was scheduled to begin in the district court on Wednesday, but the prosecutor gave up the author Noora Vallinkoski charges at the beginning of the hearing.
The charges concerned Vallinkoski Perno Mega City -first novel. It tells about the events in the 1980s in the Turku suburb of Perno.
The prosecutor Heikki Stenius According to the allegations withdrawn, some of the characters in the novel were identifiable as real persons by their names, place of residence, background, and a real event.
The author himself has denied that the characters in the novel portray real persons.
The charges was canceled on Thursday as the author and all four stakeholders reached an agreement just before the hearing began.
According to HS, Vallinkoski undertook to pay compensation to the parties concerned. HS did not receive any information on Thursday about the amounts involved.
The plaintiffs, for their part, waived their claims for punishment.
The prosecutor had demanded a fine from the author for disseminating privacy-infringing information and two defamation.
According to the defamation charges, the book provided, among other things, false and derogatory information about the family life of the persons concerned and other matters covered by the protection of privacy, such as the nature of a person, alcohol use and light-footedness.
The allegation of intrusive information concerned a person’s alcohol use.
Book was originally released in September 2018.
The publisher Atena Kustannus banned the book three days after its publication and published a somewhat modified second edition in October 2018.
According to the prosecutor, the charges concerned passages in the original version of the novel. They had been removed or changed from another facility.
Author Vallinkoski has denied that he wrote in his novel about real people or that he knew the people involved.
He has said that he drew up content that seems realistic in the book, for example, from his childhood at the age of six in Pernola.
“All sorts of names emerge from the imagination that seem appropriate to the characters in the book. People may then identify themselves with the novel on the grounds that the name is the same, ”Vallinkoski said at the Helsinki Book Fair in October 2018.
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Prosecutor decided not to prosecute for reconciliation between the parties.
“I felt that there would have been no interest in the case that would have required the charges to still be heard after the settlement. It would have been inappropriate and against the will of the parties involved, ”says Prosecutor Stenius.
The legal process once began with a request for an investigation from the police.
The parties assistants commented on the case on Thursday quite sparsely.
Author Vallinkoski’s lawyer Markku Fredmanin According to him, the nature of the case was such that the legal process could have progressed to the higher courts and even to the European Court of Human Rights. It would have taken several years.
“My principal is pleased that the matter was resolved off the agenda,” Fredman says.
Lawyer representing the three parties Jussi Sarvikivi says his principals are also pleased with the settlement and the conclusion of the case.
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