Motorcycle gangs came to Sweden in the 1990s and have many loca groups. Photo:: TT

Bandido Sweden Democrat steps down

A former member of a criminal biker gang has stepped down as a politician.

Municipal councillor Micael Persson, in Svenljunga, was asked by his Sweden Democrat party to resign, as he was recently found guilty of offences against the drug laws.

He was also a senior member of the Bandidos motorbike gang, which is seen by the police as a part of organised crime.

Sweden Democrat press spokesperson Martin Kinnunen says it is not suitable for someone to represent the party when they have recently been convicted for suuch a serious crime.

On Saturday afternoon Micael Persson wrote in an email he was leaving due to the "tumult" his background had caused in the media.

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