A court has dropped a charge of contempt of the Bible against Polish pop singer Dorota Rabitciuska, who had previously been charged for a statement that Bible writers drank alcohol and cannabis.
The Warsaw court had fined the singer, known as “Duda”, 10 years ago for making comments during a television interview.
However, the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg said her statements fell within her right to freedom of expression.
The court ordered the Polish authorities to pay €10,000 in compensation.
The value of the compensation is more than nine times the fine imposed by the Warsaw Court.
The singer, 38, originally made the comments during a TV interview in 2009.
During the broadcast of the interview, she said that although she believes in the existence of a “higher power”, she is more convinced of the existence of dinosaurs than the Bible.
“It’s hard to believe something written by people who were drinking alcohol and smoking weed,” she added.
She was charged the following year, and in 2012 the Warsaw Court found her guilty and fined her 5,000 zlotys (equivalent to 1,060 euros).
A court in Strasbourg ruled that although her statements could shock believers, it had not been shown that they would lead to inciting violence or hatred, and accordingly she is subject to her right to freedom of expression.
Although she is one of Poland’s most successful female pop singers, she is also known as a songwriter, actress, music producer and television personality.
Duda rose to prominence when she was the lead singer of the rock band Virgin, before taking up her career.