Controversial artist Dan Park's prison term halved

Provocateur and Swedish street artist Dan Park had his sentence reduced from 10 to 5 months in prison for his crimes of incitement to racial hatred.

News agency TT reports that the appeal court reduced sentence which was handed down after Park exhibited insulting pictures targeted at Africans and Roma in Malmö and elsewhere.

In recent years, Park has been convicted three times for hate speech and defamation. In August, he and gallery owner Henrik Rönnquist were convicted of incitement to racial hatred. Park was sentenced to 6 months in prison. Rönnquist was placed on probation and fined.

One of Park's works showed a picture of black people with nooses around their necks. One depicted Left Party parliamentary candidate Jallow Momodou. The Malmö District Court ruled that Park's and Rönnquist's sole purpose was to provoke.