Sweden’s dubious status as an enlightened nation is being further cast into doubt by the publication of some of the images it has been attempting to lock people up for possessing.
The original case revolved around the child pornography conviction of a Swedish manga translator, based on 2D artwork found on his computer.
His punishment was later reduced on appeal and he escaped prison altogether, but the court still insisted the art constituted child pornography.
The court refuses to make public the actual images it regards as “child pornography” so it is impossible to know how they are applying the criteria, but 10 of the initial set the child pornography prosecution was based on (including the merely “suggestive” banana picture) were subsequently judged as non-pornographic and released to those scrutinising the case.
The images in question:
But for a partly successful appeal, possessing or viewing any of these could have resulted in a prison sentence.
However, so tasteful are these loli nudes that they are barely a step away from the sort of fine art any gallery be desperate to hang on its walls: