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Woman arrested in Växjö double murder

A 34-year-old woman in Växjö has been arrested in connection with the murder of two men in their respective apartments on Sunday. Her motive and connection to the victims remains unclear.

The woman was taken into custody in Växjö on Sunday afternoon.

“We are trying to ascertain what has happened and the motive behind both crimes and the connections between them,” Robert Löffel, head of information at the Kronoberg police, told TT news agency.

A man in his seventies was found seriously injured in a stairwell in a residence in central Växjö. The man had been slashed on the chest with a sharp instrument and was transported to the central hospital in Växjö, where he later passed away.

Police also received a call to an apartment in the northern part of Växjö where a 40-year-old male relative to the elderly man was found dead. The police have launched a preliminary murder investigation. Authorities do not want to reveal how the men were killed.

The murder scenes are located far apart. A tip led to the arrest of the woman and after an interview she was held on suspicions of murder.

The woman has no previous criminal record, according to Löffel. “We have no comment on what she said during the interview,” he said.

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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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