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"Slave auction" students will not be prosecuted

Published torsdag 27 oktober 2011 kl 16.14

Neither of the two students in Lund who were suspected of incitement to racial hatred will be prosecuted, reports Swedish Radio Malmöhus.

Students had held a mock slave auction during a jungle-themed party in April, in which some of the participants were painted black, wore chains and were "sold" as slaves. The event was highly criticized by not just Swedes, but also the American civil rights activist, Jesse Jackson.

Explaining the decision not to bring the case further, prosecutor Mathias Larsson says that even though the mock slave auction can be seen as offensive, it cannot be proven that the students' intention was to insult others.

However, one person will be prosecuted in a related case. After Jallow Mamodou, who is active in the National Afro-Swedish Association, filed the police report against the slave-immitating students, he was in turn targetted in posters that depicted him in chains. The person responsible for putting those posters up is now being prosecuted for incitement to racial hatred and defamation.

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