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Police: "Important signal against organized crime"


Following an acquittal verdict in Stockholm District Court, the former AIK player and another man are now being convicted in the courthouse for bribery. Fredrik Gårdare, the police commissioner who leads the action group against criminals in sports, is pleased with the outcome: "It is an important signal against the criminal networks involved in match fixing"

The prosecutor had pleaded for gross giving of bribes where the maximum penalty is two years, but instead the High Court chose to sentence the men for the milder, giving of bribe, and the sentence conditional judgment and daily fines.

Despite the milder verdict, the police are satisfied.

- It's less important. The important thing is that it has become a convict in the court of law and that a signal is sent to the organized crime and the networks that are not only involved in match fixing but which also use serious violence, shooting and explosions, says Fredrik Gårdare.

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Magnus Svenungsson, reporter at SVT and author of "Matchfixarna: the threat to national sports" Photo: SVT / C More

The verdict was supposed to have come on November 8, but due to high workload in the court of justice, the verdict did not come today. Internal problems within the police have also contributed to the process being dragged out over time.

- It is an investigation that has taken too long. Next time it shouldn't take as long. Half of this is due to an internal problem within the police that we have now solved. We have many similar investigations on rollers right now and they will go much faster, says Gårdare.

What are the problems the police have had?

- I can't go into it. Internal problems caused the investigation to be delayed.

Work on match fixing and organized crime affecting sports is a priority issue with the police and it is not just football that is affected.

- Both the National Sports Federation and the Swedish Football Federation consider that match fixing is the biggest threat to Swedish sport, because we also see match fixing in other branches such as floorball and tennis. Therefore, the police make it a priority to have a special action group that only works to combat this.

Source: svt

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