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No bribery probe for Arkelsten: prosecutor

TT/The Local · 1 Nov 2010, 15:37

Published: 01 Nov 2010 15:37 GMT+01:00

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Director of Public Prosecution Gunnar Stetler, head of Sweden's National Anti-Corruption Unit (Korruptionsenheten), said at a press conference on Monday that there is no reason to believe a crime has been committed that is worthy of public prosecution.

The decision comes just days after it was revealed that Arkelsten accepted a trip to the south of France sponsored by Dutch oil company Shell two years ago. At the time, she was a member of the Riksdag and served as the Moderate Party's spokeswoman on climate and environmental issues.

Revelations about the Shell trip, as well as other sponsored trips taken by Arkelsten, led Stetler to examine whether or not his office should launch a formal investigation into the matter.

"Quite obviously, members of the Riksdag are subject to the rule of law," Stetler said, referencing Sweden's laws against corruption and bribery.

"It's established that others can 'invite' Riksdag members on a trip, but they must be justified," he said, explaining that trips shouldn't, for example, be too focused on entertainment.

In his decision not to pursue an investigation, Stetler wrote that the place and the context for Arkelsten's trips appear to be justified and therefore shouldn't be considered as bribes.

Stetler also took up Arkelsten's complimentary use of a new BMW for several days in 2008 saying that she "possibly tested," but didn't use the car to such an extent to deem the use "unauthorised."

Arkelsten declined to be interviewed following the announcement, choosing instead to issue a statement through her press secretary.

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“It’s good that the prosecutor took a decision and I welcome that we reached a similar judgment. I’ve earlier expressed my regret that it was perceived that I had been unduly influenced,” she said in statement.

TT/The Local (news@thelocal.se)

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Your comments about this article

16:23 November 1, 2010 by maxbrando
See what socialism does to you. Fighting over apartments!! Fools.
16:28 November 1, 2010 by miss79
socialism?she is not from socialist party..
18:05 November 1, 2010 by LuxVeritas
So wrong, on so many levels it's hardly laughable corrupt political-corporate-partnerships. Some legal system, business as usual for political society; nothing but elite scum. It seems the courts, government and corporations go out of their way to drive the common folk mad.
18:29 November 1, 2010 by Brtahan
Was the prosecuter bribed or pressured by higher authorities? Only God knows!
22:01 November 1, 2010 by mikewhite
Only a few days ago there was an article here about the UK "learning lessons" from Sweden about financial cuts.

Maybe Sweden could learn some lessons from the UK about parliamentary expenses and benefits …
00:15 November 2, 2010 by eZee.se
Any real surprise?

Look at the way the Swedish political system was screwed over in thepiratebay trials by special interest groups in the US and elsewhere.

The Swedish legal system is fun to watch... from the kangaroos hopping around in their courts to the clowns that run it - and the sleezebag politicians who oversee the whole parade.
08:30 November 2, 2010 by RobinHood
It's amazing what happens to a "scoop" when its examined by a lawyer, instead of a bunch of rabid journos. What was headlined as a "scandal" turns out to be "justified".

If anyone has any evidence that prosecutor Stetler has, in some way been influenced in his decision, let's hear it. If not, there are a few posters here who owe Ms Arkelsten an apology. Now's your chance, let's see whose big enough to apologise here.
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