Swedish Supreme Court Exonerates Manga Translator Of Porn Charges

The Supreme Court in Sweden has ruled on the case of Simon Lundström , manga tranlsator, charged with possession of child pornography in the form of Japanese comic books. Here is a Google translation of the verdict.

The Supreme Court has today delivered its judgment in the case where the court of appeals and district court sentenced a person for child pornography offenses to 80 day fines on the grounds that he had called Japanese manga drawings into his computer. Supreme Court dismiss the indictment.

The judgment concluded that the cartoons in and of itself may be considered pornographic, and that they represent children. But these are fantasy figures that can not be mistaken for real children. The criminalization of the possession of the cartoons would go beyond what is necessary with regard to the purpose which has led to the restriction on freedom of expression and freedom of information as a penal provision means (the principle of proportionality). According to one interpretation of the penal provision in line with the Government dismissed because the indictment.

One of the 39 images are included, however, as the Supreme Court of the penal provision on possession of child pornography. It is considered realistic. The holding of this single picture is however justifiable, and the accused is acquitted because even in that part.

Simon was fired from his work when he was charged, he is now in a position to try and get his job back, get his fines refunded and be taken of the sex offenders register. This has now also set a precedent for Swedish law in other potential cases. One of the images, drawn in a Eurpean rather than a Japanese manga style was still considered illegal, but Simon’s position as an expert translator justified its possession.

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