"Liberalgate" Trial Ends

A sensational and much publicized trial came to a close in Stockholm on Wednesday. 

For two days, the trial focusing on the Liberal Party’s pre-election spying scandal provoked headlines such as, ”Who is lying in court?”  Members of Sweden’s Liberal Party were accused of illegally accessing the computer network of the then ruling Social Democrats during last year’s election campaign.  

While the central players told their versions in court on who knew about the network login which allowed the Liberals to access information and pass it on to a journalist - one Liberal Party lawyer said the trial should not have been held at all and criticised the prosecutor for succumbing to political and media pressure.

In closing, the public prosecutor called for suspended sentences and fines to be levelled at the six people involved.  Liberal Party press officer Niki Westerberg and Per Jodenius, the former press secretary for the party’s youth wing were most severely reprimanded for what the prosecutor likened to ”industrial espionage.”  He said their actions were especially serious in connection to the election and constituted a threat to the entire democratic system.

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