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Islamic State flag is legal in Sweden, prosecutor rules
A Swedish prosecutor has ruled that the ISIS flag does not constitute hate speech and is therefore legal under Swedish law.
Prosecutor Gisela Sjövall announced last week that she would not prosecute a 23-year-old man who had posted the black ISIS flag on his Facebook page in June.
Police in Laholm, a town on Sweden's west coast, had launched a criminal investigation into the man, who comes originally from Syria, on suspicion of committing "hate speech".
"Put simply, one can say that he is expressing contempt for "all others", and not against a specific ethnic group," Sjövall told Sweden's SVT broadcaster.
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