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Final arguments in second Södertälje gang trial

Published måndag 3 juni 2013 kl 11.32
Sketch of the trial in Stockholm District Court, Image: Lotta Jarlsdotter/Scanpix

The final arguments are being made Monday in the retake of the trial against the so-called “Södertälje Network” gang. The 18 defendants are accused of three murders, along with several cases of extortion and kidnapping.

The original trial, which found the defendants guilty, was ordered to be reheard, following the finding that a lay judge had a conflict of interest. The first trial was said to be the most expensive criminal investigation and trial ever in Sweden. The leader of the alleged gang was sentenced to life imprisonment, while the other 17 defendants received shorter prison sentences.

Six of the defendants are behind bars. The other 12 have been released, as the time they had already served exceeded any sentences they might receive. The prosecutors say this is a concern because they fear witnesses might be intimidated.

The final arguments are expected to take three days.

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