Eleven former Tofl gang members found guilty
A court in Brno has found 11 members of the notorious Tofl gang guilty of bribery, extortion and abuse of office. They received sentences of 3 to 9 years and hefty fines. The gang is named after a former head of the regional economic crime squad who together with several former colleagues threatened entrepreneurs. They elicited large sums of money for withdrawing trumped up charges against them and in some cases even threatened to murder or abduct family members if the money was not delivered. The court heard over 100 witnesses in the case which attracted intense media attention.