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Uppsala man admits to killing his wife

The 36-year-old man in custody on suspicions of murdering his wife, 26-year-old Tubay Mavi, and dumping her body in a wooded area outside of Uppsala has confessed to the killing.

Uppsala man admits to killing his wife

Under questioning by police, the man stated that Mavi died accidentally, according to newspaper Aftonbladet.

The couple had a disagreement on New Year’s Eve which escalated into a fight. The man admits trying to hide the body.

The man’s confession was also confirmed by another source to newspaper Expressen.

“We have no comment and that will continue until further notice,” said Christer Nordström, spokesperson for the Uppsala police, to news agency TT.

The man’s defence attorney also refused to comment on the revelations but says he’s upset by them.

“Irrespective of whether my client has confessed or not, this kind of information should not be released. I’m really upset. There is a gag order in the case,” said attorney Stefan Wallin.

The autopsy of the body is expected to be completed on Wednesday, after which investigators will have a clearer picture of how she died.

The forensic examination is also expected to allow authorities to confirm that the body is that of the 26-year-old Mavi.

Police are already convinced that the body belongs to Mavi, who was reported missing by her husband on January 2nd.

A 22-year-old man is also under investigation on suspicions of protecting a criminal and crimes against the peace of a burial place. He is believed to have helped the husband move the body.

The remains were found on Monday in the wooded area near Fjällnora outside of Uppsala.

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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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