German court convicts high-speed Swede

The 52-year-old head of one of Sweden most infamous gangs was sentenced in Germany on Tuesday to three years and three months in prison.

Mats Rimdahl, who previously headed the Maskeradligan (‘The Fancy Dress Gang’), was found guilty by a court in Lübeck for reckless driving, being an accomplice to auto theft, and for counterfeiting official documents in connection with a wild car chase through the city last autumn, the Dagens Nyheter (DN) newspaper reports.

The incident took place in October, after Rimdahl took possession of a Porsche Cayenne stolen from Stockholm.

He then outfitted the vehicle with false number plates and drove to Lübeck to sell the vehicle.

Acting on a tip from authorities in Sweden, German police set up a check point in an attempt to intercept Rimdahl in Germany.

But the Swedish gang leader instead sped away, leading police on an extended car chase through city streets involving 24 police cars and reaching speeds of 140 kilometres per hour.

According to Swedish police, Lindahl is active in an international criminal gang which specializes in stealing expensive sport utility vehicles.

The former naval officer became one of Sweden’s most feared criminals in the 1980s as head of the Maskeradligan, which earned its moniker for a series of high-profile heists carried out by disguise-wearing robbers.

He was released from prison in Sweden in 2006 after serving a lengthy sentence for kidnapping, car theft, and armed robbery.

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The Bridge’s Porsche 911 to be auctioned for charity

The Porsche 911S driven by lead character Saga Norén in hit Danish-Swedish series The Bridge will be sold at auction, with profits going to charity.

The Bridge's Porsche 911 to be auctioned for charity
Saga Norén, played by Sofia Helin, with the 1977 Porsche 911S from The Bridge. Photo: Carolina Romare/Bonhams

With the series having concluded earlier this year, the iconic 1970s sports car is now set to be given a new home, Danish broadcaster DR reports.

The olive green car will be sold at the Bonhams Festival of Speed Sale in Goodwood in the United Kingdom on July 13th, with money raised to be donated to WaterAid, a Swedish NGO which aims for the entire world to have access to clean water by 2030.

Production companies Filmlance International and Nimbus Film, who collaborated with DR and its Swedish counterpart SVT on the series, agreed to give up funds raised from the sale to the cause.

Actor Sofia Helin, who played Saga in the all four seasons of the series, which began in 2011, is an ambassador for the charity.

Helin will be present at the auction of the Porsche in the UK next month.

“Saga’s Porsche is a big part of my life as an actor and is also a part of television history. I’m happy that this iconic car can also be beneficial after The Bridge,” Helin told DR.

Saga Norén's car on the Öresund Bridge. Photo: Jens Juncker/Bonhams

“(The production companies) have been very generous to agree to everything. They’re the ones that own the car, so in theory they could have sold it themselves and kept the money,” she said to Norwegian broadcaster NRK.

The Nordic Noir series was hugely successful in both Scandinavia and the UK and several other countries have created their own series about police work across borders.

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