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One of accused in Södertälje trial freed

One of the accused in the so-called Södertälje trial is being released from custody, the man's lawyer has told Swedish Radio P4.

The man, who is 40 years old, had been handed one of the longest sentences in the trial which was later nullified due to a conflict of interest.

In the trial, the man was sentenced to 12 years in prison for accessory to murder of two brothers.

Prosecutors in the case had claimed that the 40-year-old bought two mobile telephones that were used by the killers and which were later found near the murder scene.

The fact that the man is being released indicates that he is likely to be freed from the charges for accessory to murder. He has been charged with the additional crimes of blackmail and unlawful coercion.

The 40-year-old had been in custody since September 2011.

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