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 A Norwegian court on Wednesday rejected a petition by Edward Snowden that sought assurance he will not be extradited to the U S should he visit Norway to accept an upcoming award The Borgarting Court of Appeal said it could not rule on the petition from the former U S government contractor and whistle blower as there is no formal extradition request and Snowden is not in Norway However the decision mirrored arguments made by a lower court in June Snowden who has asylum in Russia is wanted by the U S government on espionage charges for exposing extensive telephone and internet data collection programmes used by the National Security Agency NSA He wanted to visit Oslo in November to accept the 2016 Ossietzky Prize from Norway s PEN Centre for outstanding efforts for freedom of expression The Norwegian branch of writers group PEN filed the petition in April to secure Snowden s safe passage to the ceremony Norwegian PEN president William Nygaard said that PEN would appeal Wednesday s decision Report says the petition is backed by the Norwegian Union of Journalists the Association of Norwegian Editors and the Norwegian Press Association The Ossietzky Prize is named after German journalist and pacifist Carl von Ossietzky who won the 1936 Nobel Peace Prize for disclosing Germany s rearmament programmes which violated the Treaty of Versailles He was jailed for treason and was unable to attend the award ceremony in Oslo 80 years ago In 2015 Snowden won another Norwegian freedom of speech award the Bjornson Prize Edited by Oluleye Abiodun Julius Enehikhuere NAN
Norwegian court rejects Snowden petition seeking safe passage to Oslo

1 A Norwegian court on Wednesday rejected a petition by Edward Snowden that sought assurance he will not be extradited to the U.S. should he visit Norway to accept an upcoming award.

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2 The Borgarting Court of Appeal said it could not rule on the petition from the former U.S. government contractor and whistle blower, as there is no formal extradition request and Snowden is not in Norway.

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3 However the decision mirrored arguments made by a lower court in June.

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4 Snowden, who has asylum in Russia, is wanted by the U.S. government on espionage charges for exposing extensive telephone and internet data collection programmes used by the National Security Agency (NSA).

5 He wanted to visit Oslo in November to accept the 2016 Ossietzky Prize from Norway’s PEN Centre for outstanding efforts for freedom of expression.

6 The Norwegian branch of writers’ group PEN filed the petition in April to secure Snowden’s safe passage to the ceremony.

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Norwegian PEN president William Nygaard said that PEN would appeal Wednesday’s decision.

8 Report says the petition is backed by the Norwegian Union of Journalists, the Association of Norwegian Editors, and the Norwegian Press Association.

9 The Ossietzky Prize is named after German journalist and pacifist Carl von Ossietzky, who won the 1936 Nobel Peace Prize for disclosing Germany’s rearmament programmes, which violated the Treaty of Versailles.

10 He was jailed for treason and was unable to attend the award ceremony in Oslo 80 years ago.

In 2015, Snowden won another Norwegian freedom of speech award, the Bjornson Prize. 


(Edited by: Oluleye Abiodun/ Julius Enehikhuere)
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