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Two Swedes convicted for selling illegal porn

TT/The Local · 15 Oct 2009, 08:23

Published: 15 Oct 2009 08:23 GMT+02:00

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The trial of a third man implicated in the case has been delayed.

“It makes you feel sick,” said prosecutor Peter Larsson to the TT news agency when discussing the films, which contained scenes in which women are whipped, and their breasts and genitals are burned with cigarettes or dripping wax.

Police raided three pornography shops in Charlottenberg, a village of 2,000 people in Värmland county near the Norwegian border, in the autumn of 2005.

The shop owners had been the subject of a two-year investigation during which 235 DVDs and videos were confiscated.

Approximately one hundred of the films were returned before the indictment, but the remaining films were considered too risqué for approval by Sweden’s state film censorship agency (Statens Biografbyrå).

All the films were produced in other countries, and many had German titles.

The censorship agency accused the shops of selling pornographic films which depicted violence that violated the country’s censorship regulations.

Under Sweden’s rules on censorship, it is a crime to show or distribute films which include “depictions of sexual violence or coercion, or explicit or protracted scenes of severe violence, unless this is justified in view of the particular circumstances.”

On Wednesday, the Värmland District Court issued its judgments against two of the men implicated in the case.

According to the ruling, the 51-year-old man received a suspended sentence and was fined the equivalent of 120 days' pay for having sold 14 illegal films. Four additional films sold by the man were found not to violate censorship laws.

In addition, an 87-year-old man, who sold one illegal film, was fined the equivalent of 50 days' pay.

A third store owner accused in the case, a 45-year-old man, is charged with distributing around 140 films featuring extremely violent pornography, but his trial has been delayed due to uncertainty about who should be held responsible for the films.

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The films also show women being stabbed with needles, receiving electric shocks on their genital region, and having weights clipped to their nipples and genitals.

According to the court, some of the women in the films appear to be drugged.

“It’s hard to watch. It makes you feel sick,” said prosecutor Peter Larsson to the TT news agency.

TT/The Local (news@thelocal.se)

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Your comments about this article

13:09 October 15, 2009 by eZee.se
While its pretty sick for these idiots to sell them... i think the cops should also go after the idiots who buy them - in my humble opinion.
15:31 October 15, 2009 by Stormysmoker
My question is simple although I suspect that the answer is not.

Why does a village of 2000 people need 3 porn shops?

Seems a tad excessive to me.
15:35 October 15, 2009 by peropaco
@Stormysmoker, I think the answer is simple. They need to jump start the old engine before it can get going
17:51 October 15, 2009 by bettan1
Nah, you know what's really going on here??? This is the left-wing liberal utopia country of Sweden. Anything or any kind of weird kinky sex thing is always celebrated and defended here. Heck, their freedom of information law allows kidding porn at the state libraries and you can view it if you are citizen Joe Public. Probably the true story of the matter here is that these films are no doubt some kind of black market under the table stuff and the government found out it's not getting it's fair share or cut of the profits. That's what's really getting under their skin.
18:40 October 15, 2009 by Torvig
The shop owners should become school teachers in Stockholm.
22:47 October 15, 2009 by tsruikk

Yes, it is all a left-wing conspiracy because they were not getting their cut in taxes.

And just so you know, the term "liberal" when used anywhere outside the US doesn't mean the same thing as it does within the US. Now, this is assuming you are from the US like myself since you seem to be using the term as it is used by fellow Americans.
03:00 October 16, 2009 by DavidtheNorseman
The people who make such things should be executed.
11:51 October 18, 2009 by Nemesis
If it is between two consenting adults, then it is OK. I may think it is weird, but to each there own.

If it is not between consenting adults, then they should be dealt with by the authorities.

01:40 October 22, 2009 by Monty Clift
I guess that Sewden is not as liberal as they imagine they are. We all know that films are staged and fake and what you see on the screen is not really happening. Are horror films also illegal in Sweden? When you watch a horor film and someone gets their head cut off, do you really believe it happened? lol
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