updated 6/26/2007 10:18:18 PM ET 2007-06-27T02:18:18

A convicted sex offender in Sweden got a court ruling in his favor on Tuesday, officials said: pornography in prison.

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The Supreme Court in Stockholm said the country's prison system could not deny an imprisoned rapist his porn magazines.

Officials had tried to argue that reading pornography hinders the man's rehabilitation. They claim it increases the risk of the man relapsing into criminal behavior and assaulting other inmates.

The court disagreed, saying the prison system had failed to prove the illicit magazines could "jeopardize the security of the institution."

Prison authorities said other pornographic material, such as adult movies, TV channels and Web sites, are not permitted in Swedish prisons. Child and violent pornography are also banned.

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