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Man arrested for spying on Saab

A Gothenburg court has remanded in custody a man suspected of spying on Saab Microwave Systems.

Man arrested for spying on Saab

The 48-year-old Gothenburg resident is being held on suspicion of serious industrial espionage and attempted blackmail.

Prosecutor Tomas Lindstrand indicated that documents viewed by the suspect contained corporate secrets of such a nature that they could constitute a threat to national security.

Lindstrand would not reveal how the suspect had obtained the secret documents.

Swedish Security Service Säpo’s counterespionage unit has been working in tandem with Saab in a bid to reveal the suspect’s identity.

“There have been measures in place for just over half a year to try to track this person down,” said Lindstrand.

The prosecutor said the suspect appeared to be an engineer. He has no prior convictions.

“It began with him getting hold of these documents and contacting a person at Saab. He demanded money for the secret information. It was simply a way to earn money,” said Lindstrand.

He is not believed to have received payment from anybody at Saab.

“He made demands for considerable amounts,” said Lindstrand, who would not divulge the exact sums of money involved.

It is not known whether the suspect sold the information to any third parties. Police and prosecutors refused to rule out the possibility that other people may have helped the suspect.

With 1,300 employees, Saab Microwave Systems is a leading global supplier of surveillance and radar systems for the civilian and military markets.

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Former Swedish Saab bosses appear in court

Swedish car maker Saab's former CEO Jan Åke Jonsson and the firm's former head lawyer Kristina Geers have appeared in court in Vänersborg in west Sweden, accused of falsifying financial documents shortly before the company went bankrupt in 2011.

Former Swedish Saab bosses appear in court
Saab's former CEO Jan Åke Jonsson. Photo: Karin Olander/TT
The pair are accused of falsifying the paperwork at the height of the Swedish company's financial difficulties at the start of the decade.
 
A third person – who has not been named in the Swedish media – is accused of assisting them by issuing false invoices adding up to a total of 30 million kronor ($3.55m).
 
According to court documents, the charges relate to the firm's business in Ukraine and the paperwork in question was signed just before former CEO Jan Åke Jonsson resigned.
 
Both Jonsson and Saab's former head lawyer Kristina Geers have admitted signing the papers but denied knowledge of the Ukranian firm implicated in the case.
 
All three suspects deny all the charges against them.
 

Saab's former head lawyer Kristina Geers. Photo:  Björn Larsson Rosvall/TT
 
Saab filed for bankruptcy at the end of 2011, after teetering on the edge of collapse for nearly two years.
 
Chief prosecutor Olof Sahlgren told the court in Vänersborg on Wednesday that the alleged crimes took place in March 2011, when Saab was briefly owned by the Dutch company Spyker Cars.
  
It was eventually bought by National Electric Vehicle Sweden (Nevs), a Chinese-owned company after hundreds of staff lost their jobs.
 
The car maker, which is based in west Sweden, has struggled to resolve serious financial difficulties by attracting new investors since the takeover.
 
In October 2014 it announced it had axed 155 workers, close to a third of its workforce.
 
Since 2000, Saab automobile has had no connection with the defence and aeronautics firm with the same name. It only produces one model today, the electric 9-3 Aero Sedan, mainly targeting the Chinese market.