Former ABB boss gets three years

(AFP) A former executive at the Swiss-Swedish engineering group ABB was on Wednesday sentenced in a Stockholm court to three years in prison for embezzling funds while he worked for the company.

Peter Fallenius, 54, a former vice president on the Swedish side of ABB, was found guilty of embezzlement, accounting fraud and obstructing tax audits in the late 1990s, the Södra Roslags court said.

Fallenius, who was among other things charged with having pocketed 1.8 million kronor of ABB’s money, has also been barred from practicing business for three years after he completes his sentence.

The former executive has claimed that the vanished money had been used for company purposes, including paying two consultancies to bribe Romanian officials, but the court ruled that he had lined his own pockets with the cash.

Fallenius was however cleared on charges of tax and stock trading crimes, and was only handed a three-year sentence despite prosecutors’ call for him to spend four years behind bars.


Sweden Democrat politician charged for dismembering colleague

The former politician has been charged on suspicion of murdering his colleague in an apartment south of Stockholm, after police found body parts in three different locations in the capital.

Sweden Democrat politician charged for dismembering colleague

According to the prosecution, the body parts found in plastic bags in central Stockholm came from a man in his 60s murdered in an apartment in Nyköping, south of Stockholm.

The man is said to have been killed by a pistol shot to the head, after which the 60-year-old charged with the murder dismembered the body.

The suspected murderer, who newspaper Expressen reports is a former Sweden Democrat politician, is said to have moved the body parts multiple times, eventually dumping them across the city.

In total, three body parts were found in two different locations – the Karlsberg canal and in the Djurgården park. Not all parts of the body have yet been found.

“We’ve carried out a comprehensive investigation into the victim and the suspect. We can, to some extent, show how and when the suspect moved the body parts,” prosecutor Marina Chirakova told TT.

The victim, who according to Expressen was also a former Sweden Democrat politician, had been friends with the suspected murderer for a number of years. Prosecutors did not comment on the motive behind the murder.

“That will be discussed in the main hearings,” she told TT.

The suspect was taken into custody in November last year after being arrested in Nyköping. He denies the charges, but accepts certain circumstances related to the case.

Upon his arrest, he resigned from his political obligations and his membership was frozen by the Sweden Democrats.

“I don’t want to comment on his stance on the charges or anything he has said,” she further told TT.

The murder is suspected to have taken place between August 30th and September 16th last year.