Tofl gang goes on trial

Members of the so-called Tofl gang have gone on trial in Brno. The gang is named after a former head of the regional economic crime squad who together with several former colleagues threatened and bribed 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. Thirteen members of the gang are standing trial in a process that may take months. The court is preparing to hear over 100 witnesses. If convicted the men would each face up to 16 years in prison.