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Police hunt for double murder suspect

Police in southern Sweden have put out a warrant for the arrest of a 35-year old man for the murder of two men found in the trunk of a burning car near Halmstad on Sweden's west coast earlier this month.

Police hunt for double murder suspect
Police seal off a building just south of Dalby

The man, who is still at large, is believed to be one of several suspects involved in the murders, which new evidence suggests took place near Lund in southern Sweden. An investigation is currently underway at a house in the Dalby-Genarp locality outside Lund, where police investigators believe the murderers recently attempted to cover their tracks. The police have issued an appeal for information from anyone who may have noticed digging in the area on January 14th, 2010.

“About two metres of earth was removed from a three metres squared area,” Bo Lundqvist, Skåne county criminal investigation commissioner, told TT.

The police and public prosecutor have confirmed that the murders have an international connection. Previous media reports have indicated that the murders were linked to drug smuggling cartels in Norway and Russia.

The bodies were found after emergency crews received a call about a red Volvo S60 on fire on a bridge over the E6 motorway on January 6th, 2010.

Police investigations have revealed that both victims were subjected to extreme violence before being stowed away in car which was subsequently set alight. So far only one of the victims, a 25-year-old man from Värmland in western Sweden, has been identified. The other victim, has not yet been identified but is believed to be a 40-year old relative of the man.

According to Police in Mälmo in southern Sweden, the suspect and the victims knew each other.

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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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