One of the accused, former Young Liberal press ssecretary Per Jodenius, arrives at the courthouse

Liberal Computer Intrusion Trial Opens

The trial has begun here in Stockholm of members of Sweden’s Liberal Party – accused of illegal intrusion into the internal computer network of the then ruling Social Democratic party, during the the campaign leading up to last September’s elections.

The Liberals won the election – together with the Conservative Moderates, the Center Party and the Christian Democrats – despite the data scandal, which reportedly cost the Liberals significant voter support.

The Liberals’ former party secretary and press secretary have told the court that he did not know that junior party officials were penetrating the rival party’s network to reveal Social Democratic campaign straegy. The present Liberal party secretary admits that he made use of some of the illegally-aquired strategy information – without asking where it had come from.

Also accused are a Social Democratic youth leader who allegedly provided the network log-in to a Liberal party friend, and a newspaper journalist who published some of the information.

The trial is expected to hurt the party by reminding the voters of the scandal.

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