A comic expert charged with child pornography possesion in the so called "manga case" was freed by Högsta domstolen (the supreme court of Sweden).En serievetare som åtalats för barnpornografibrott i det så kallade mangamålet frias av Högsta domstolen.
Domstolen konstaterar att teckningarna är pornografiska och att de föreställer barn. Men det handlar om fantasifigurer som inte kan misstas för verkliga barn.
"En kriminalisering av innehav av teckningarna skulle därför gå utöver vad som är nödvändigt", skriver HD.
The supreme court states that the drawings are pornographic and that they depict children. However the pictures only contain fantasy figures that cannot be mistaken for real children. "A criminalisation of possesion of the images would therefor exceed what is necessary", the supreme court says.
DN (Swedish, excerpt above translated by me.)
For those unfamiliar with Lundströms case, it has been the cause of much debate between supporters and non-supporters of child pornography laws for fictional and virtual content. Specifically of interest to this forum could be that it was allegedly the reason Nintendo chose to not sell 3DS DoA in northern Europe.
When I searched it seemed that the news of this final ruling had not been picked up by English media yet. If anyone finds an English source, I'll gladly edit it in.
Apart from being a big victory for supporters of freedom, as the police says in the interview in the linked article the ruling is an indication that the police can focus on real child pornography crimes instead of ones involving only fantasy figures.