Bastian tried to deny the accusations before confessing, saying that he only killed Mikael to protect himself. Bastian revealed that he had been hiding out in Helsinki to avoid the police but had been recognized by Mikael who threatened to hand him into the authorities if he didn't do it himself. To protect himself and to avoid heading to prison, Bastian broke into the laboratory under the cover of night and stole the nerve agent, coating Mikael's tie with the substance. When Mikael's fingers came into contact with the tie, the nerve agent was absorbed through the skin and he was killed. In court, for the murder of a top politician, spreading counterfeit money and running from justice, Bastian was sentenced to forty years in prison by stand-in Judge Elvira Armstrong.