Court: 'Bookseller of Kabul' didn't breach privacy

AP News
Posted: Dec 13, 2011 10:49 AM
Court: 'Bookseller of Kabul' didn't breach privacy

A Norwegian appeals court has acquitted the author of best-selling book "The Bookseller of Kabul" of breaching the privacy of a woman portrayed in the book.

The Oslo Appeals Court overturned a lower court's ruling that war correspondent Aasne Seierstad and her publisher Cappelen Damm should pay 125,000 kroner ($18,400) each in damages to Afghan Suraia Rais.

Seierstad lived with Rais and her husband, Shah Mohammad Rais, in Kabul in 2002 and published her book about them shortly afterward.

Rais sued Seierstad, saying details in the book were false and invaded their privacy.

The court ruled the details were true and not especially sensitive.

Rais' lawyer Per Danielsen told news agency NTB Tuesday he would appeal the ruling.