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Norwegian Supreme Court refuses to guarantee Edward Snowden safe travel

Published 25/11/2016

Edward Snowden faces charges in the US that could land him in prison for up to 30 years (AP)
Edward Snowden faces charges in the US that could land him in prison for up to 30 years (AP)

Norway's Supreme Court has rejected Edward Snowden's request for a legal guarantee that would allow him to collect an award in the Scandinavian country without risk of being extradited to the US.

The Supreme Court upheld decisions by lower courts that also refused the request.

An Oslo law firm filed the lawsuit in April on behalf of the former National Security Agency contractor and the Norwegian chapter of the free speech and literary organisation PEN, which had invited him to receive its Ossietzky Prize.

Mr Snowden, who is in Russia, faces charges in the US that could land him in prison for up to 30 years for leaking to journalists details of a secret US eavesdropping programme.

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