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Man charged with murder of SVT cameraman

The man who has long been considered responsible for the 1973 murder of Leonardo Henrichsen, a cameraman on the SVT news programme Rapport, is now facing prosecution in Chile. The legal organisation Codepu submitted its application for the prosecution of junior officer Hector Hernan Bustamante Gomez on Wednesday.

Henrichsen was murdered on 29th July 1973, while he was filming a military revolt against Chile’s president Salvador Allende. He was in the Chilean capital, Santiago, along with Rapport reporter Jan Sandqvist, with the intention of making a report on the risk of a military coup and civil war.

But on the morning of the 29th, army vehicles surrounded the presidential palace. Leonardo Henrichsen was filming the rebels as they fired on a crowd. Suddenly a soldier turned towards him and shot him in the chest. But Henrichsen did not stop filming until the soldier rushed forward and took the camera from his hands.

He died before he arrived at the hospital.

Henrichsen, who was an Argentine citizen and had a Swedish father, had worked for Swedish television for four years.

Jan Sandvist said that he is happy that the man responsible for Henrichsen’s death will at last face trial.

“We have worked for this for a long time,” he said to Sydsvenskan.

“It’s fantastic that there is finally a prosecution.”

TT/The Local

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Swedish court clears former Swedbank CEO of fraud charges

Birgitte Bonnesen, a former CEO of Swedish bank Swedbank, has been acquitted of charges of fraud and sharing insider information.

Swedish court clears former Swedbank CEO of fraud charges

The ruling from the Stockholm District Court comes four years after the eruption of a money laundering scandal implicating the bank.

In 2019, Swedish public service broadcaster SVT alleged that at least 40 billion kronor (equivalent at the time to $4.4 billion) of suspicious and high-risk transactions had been channelled to Baltic countries, notably Estonia, from Swedbank accounts.

The revelations, which saw the bank’s share price crumble, rendered Bonnesen’s position untenable and she was fired.

Sweden’s financial regulator the following year fined the bank some 360 million euros and warned it to follow anti-money laundering laws.

Prosecutors later charged Bonnesen, accusing her of “intentionally or by aggravated negligence” providing false or misleading information about the steps the bank had taken to prevent and detect suspected money laundering.

Bonnesen, who risked two years in prison, denied all of the charges against her.

The court said that while some of the statements the former CEO made to media outlets had been “unclear and incomplete”, they did not amount to fraud.

“For criminal liability, it is not enough for someone to make a false statement or omit key information,” judge Malou Lindblom said, adding that any statement needed to be sufficient to influence recipients “in a certain direction”.

Bonnesen was also cleared of charges of revealing insider information by informing the bank’s main owners that the investigative documentary was coming.

The court said the former CEO had only revealed what she believed the documentary would cover, which was deemed too “imprecise” to be considered insider information.

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