Guilty verdicts in Södertälje murder trial

The alleged leader of the so-called “Södertälje Network” was found guilty and sentenced to life in prison Wednesday. His 20-year-old helper was sentenced to 12 years' imprisonment for murder and other charges.

After one of Sweden’s most expensive trials and criminal investigations ever, 16 of 20 defendants received prison sentences, two were ordered into juvenile detention, and two were found not guilty.

They were accused of crimes including murder, kidnapping and extortion.

An appeal is expected in the case, after a verdict the criminologist Jerzy Sarnecki told news agency TT was a victory for society and the Swedish justice system.

"If the verdict holds in the court of appeals, the people of Södertälje can be happy. They have experienced the network's activity as terror," Sarnecki said.

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