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Persson government reported over tsunami emails

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13:11 CET+01:00
The previous Swedish government's handling of the tsunami catastrophe of two years ago will once again be taken up by parliament's Consitutional Committee.

On Saturday a member of the committee, the Christian Democrats' Ingvar Svensson, reported Göran Persson's government, according to Swedish Television's Rapport programme.

When the Constitutional Committee asked to see all the emails sent from Government Offices on Boxing Day 2004 it was told that the data had been deleted. But it has since become clear that back-up copies of the emails were saved - which at least four senior civil servants in Government Offices must have known about.

Svensson said that it must be established who was responsible for denying the committee access to the relevant email data.

According to the chairman of the Catastrophe Commission Johan Hirschfeldt there are 119 data tapes with back-ups covering the period between 21st December 2004 and 14th January 2005. They contain readable information, Hirschfeldt told TV4's Nyheterna programme on Friday.

The tapes, which were stored in a draw in the cellar of Government Offices in Rosenbad apparently from February or March 2005, only emerged in October 2006 after a journalist said that the material was there and asked to see it.

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