Trial of Kaur Kender on child porn charges to be partially closed to the public (1)

Kaur Kender (Siim Lõvi /ERR)
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2/10/2016 8:43 PM
Category: Politics

The Tallinn-based Harju County Court announced on Wednesday that the trial of writer Kaur Kender, who was charged with the production of child pornography, will be held partially behind closed doors.

"The prosecutor's opening remarks, the reading of the statement of the charges, the plea of the defense, judicial disputes and the announcement of the verdict will be public. Otherwise this will be a closed-door trial, meaning that evidence will be examined behind closed doors," the court's spokesperson Kristina Ots told the Baltic News Service.

Prosecutor Lea Pähkel had demanded a closed trial for reasons of morality. The defense disagreed with a closed trial and asked the court to reject the prosecutor's application in the interest of due process of law.

The trial will start on 2 May.

The North circuit prosecutor's office has charged Kender, 44, with the production of child pornography, based on a piece of prose written by him, 'Untitled 12’, the content of which is made up of detailed descriptions of sexual intercourse between an adult man and small children. Kender had published the piece on the nihilist.fm website.

Kender told investigators that his work wasn’t a depiction of children in a pornographic situation, but an account of the mental disintegration and collapse of a sexual maniac and serial killer, executed through the prism of immense grotesque.

Literary specialists and scholars have expressed support for Kender and disagree with the course of the authorities and the court.

Editor: Dario Cavegn

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