Swede kidnapped and robbed in Poland

A Swedish man who is studying to become a doctor in Gdansk, Poland was kidnapped, robbed and assaulted before being released on Friday night.

The man’s ordeal began on Wednesday at 8pm when he was bundled into a car on his way home from the university library, Sydsvenskan reports.

He was missing for 40 hours before being dumped by a motorway in the northern Polish town and police picked him up and took him to a hospital, where he remained on Sunday morning.

“He does not have any life-threatening injuries, but will be kept in under observation,” said Kent Öberg at the Swedish foreign ministry told Sydsvenskan.

Police suspect that there could be a racist motive behind the crime but remained uncertain on Sunday as to why the Swede was targeted.

Kidnapping is not a common occurrence in Poland, the newspaper reports, and Gdansk is not known to be a dangerous city.

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Bluff bid for Swedish firm sparks market turmoil

An erroneous press release published on Friday indicating that Swedish firm Fingerprint Cards had been acquired by Samsung led to a sharp rise in the firm's stock and a criminal investigation once the mistake had been discovered.

Bluff bid for Swedish firm sparks market turmoil

“An investigation has shown that the company followed its routines and was subjected to a deliberate fraud attempt,” business wire service Cision, the firm responsible for publishing the press release, said in a statement on Friday.

Fingerprint Cards, a Gothenburg-based biometric technology firm, issued a denial on its homepage on Friday that it had been acquired by the Korean electronics giant.

“The news in today’s media that Fingerprint Cards AB has been acquired by Samsung is incorrect… What has happened will be reported to the police and to the Swedish Financial Supervisory Authority,” the firm wrote.

The matter is now being handled by the Swedish Economic Crimes Authority (Ekobrottsmyndigheten) which has opened a preliminary investigation into aggravated fraud.

Trading in the company’s stock was halted as soon as the abnormal share fluctuations were detected on Friday morning and all trades completed between 10.17am and 10.34 have been nullified.

Fingerprint Cards’ stock has been one of the Stockholm exchange’s strongest performers since the turn of the year, having climbed over 320 percent since January 1st.

The latest Apple Iphone incorporates the firm’s fingerprint sensor.

All trades from 10.17am have also been nullified in sector colleague Precise Biometrics, which also climbed steeply on Friday.

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