Telia bosses cleared of Mamma Mia bribery

Telia Sonera's CEO Anders Igel and the company's former Swedish CEO Marie Ehrling were today cleared of charges of bribery by Stockholm District Court.

Igel and Ehrling wound up in court for planning to entertain several hundred civil servants and public and private sector managers.

The pair sent out invitations to dinner followed by an evening out at the musical Mamma Mia.

According to defence lawyers the invitations were worth between 1,100 and 1,650 kronor per person.

The event was cancelled after one presumptive guest, police chief Stefan Strömberg, reported the matter to the police force’s legal department. This resulted in a preliminary investigation.

The public prosecutor focussed on whether invitations to public sector representatives could be viewed as inappropriate perks.

All those invited were large customers of Telia Sonero. According to the invitation the company intended to use the event to present new products and services.

The relevant legislation is quite old and public prosecutor Christer van der Kvast wished to try the case to test where the boundaries for bribery could be drawn.