A French court has acquitted former French presidential candidate Marine Le Pen and said she has not broken hate speech laws by tweeting gruesome images of Islamist atrocities on Twitter in December 2015.
“The court judged that by publishing the photos, she was exercising her freedom of expression,” said Rodolphe Bosselut, Le Pen’s lawyer.
Le Pen had posted three images, including a decapitated body of an American journalist after some local media personalities compared her party to the Islamist terrorist group.
Le Pen maintained her innocence and said that the trial was a politically motivated trial and an attack against freedom of speech.
Le Pen has already been put on a hate speech trial in 2015 for comparing Muslims praying in the street to the German occupation of France during World War II at a rally in Lyon but was also acquitted.
According to political analysts, Le Pen would be likely facing off with incumbent President Emmanuel Macron in the upcoming 2022 elections.