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Wheels of justice chase Balls of Steel

Peter Vinthagen Simpson · 30 Apr 2009, 11:32

Published: 30 Apr 2009 11:32 GMT+02:00

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The state prosecutor J Nordin called Stockholm police earlier in April to report the entire programme, produced by Strix and broadcast on Kanal 5, which he considers habitually breaks the law.

The prosecutor has decided to report the entire programme and participants for "crimes up to and including Wednesday April 1st".

Kanal 5 responded on Wednesday by arguing that there had never been any criminal intention with "Ballar av Stål" and that the programme should be seen as entertainment.

"But it is of course up to the authorities to decide for themselves if they want to waste tax revenue in 2009," Kanal 5 press spokesperson Dan Panas told media website Resume.se.

The case will be considered by the Chancellor of Justice (JK) as it considers issues of freedom of speech and the press.

This is not the first time the controversial programme has been reported to police.

The Local reported in November 2007 that Hanna Wallenius, a presenter on the show then running a pilot for Sveriges Television, was convicted by Stockholm District Court for causing grievous offence after having squirted the prime minister, Fredrik Reinfeldt, with water.

Wallenius was fined the equivalent of 100 days' wages for harassment and Sveriges Television decide to pass on the programme.

Kanal 5 then took over the rights and and began recording last summer.

Story continues below…

Balls of Steel reporter pursued by angry football fans

Peter Vinthagen Simpson (news@thelocal.se)

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Your comments about this article

17:26 April 30, 2009 by Renfeh Hguh
OMG what a total waste of my tax money.
19:56 April 30, 2009 by odinmp5
never seen the swedish version, but if it is anyhting like the british one,..hope they put everyone in jail before they all get killed.

in the uk, many youngsters tought it was funny to do all the things they saw in the t.v show and it usually ended up in violence since not everyone has the nerves to put up with those pranks.
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