Swede deported from Colombia

A Swedish citizen has been deported from Colombia to Sweden, suspected of serious drugs offences and of being the leader of a cocaine smuggling ring.

The 38-year-old was arrested in the central Colombian town of Girardot in an operation conducted with the cooperation of Swedish authorities and was deported on Sunday, according to the Colombian newspaper El Pais.

The man is suspected of having been behind an attempt to smuggle 1.4 tonnes of cocaine into Europe that was seized in June 2010, according to a report in the Sydsvenskan daily.

The French customs stopped a sailing boat outside of the Caribbean island of Martinique and a 54-year-old Swede was arrested after the cocaine, valued at 800 million kronor ($118 million), was found onboard.

The 54-year-old was deported to Sweden in September.

The 38-year-old is reported to have a long criminal record in Sweden, with several convictions for serious offences, including armed robbery.

He is also known for several spectacular escapes.

In conjunction with an appeals court hearing in 1995 he was freed by an armed motorcycle gang. When on home leave from Häll prison in 2001 he escaped while visiting a motorshow in Nyköping in the company of guards. He was arrested shortly after.

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Swedish firm SCA in Colombian diaper probe

A company owned by scandal-hit Swedish industry giant SCA is suspected of having been part of two secret cartels to push up the price of, among other things, toilet paper and diapers in Colombia, according to a Swedish newspaper.

Swedish firm SCA in Colombian diaper probe
A company partly owned by a Swedish firm is being investigated for alleged diaper cartels. Photo: Pontus Lundahl/TT

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The companies involved are alleged to have entered into secret deals on the prices as well as quality of their products, reported Swedish newspaper Dagens Nyheter on Tuesday. They are part of an ongoing investigation by Colombian authorities.

Swedish forest and paper group SCA owns 50 percent of one of the firms, Productos Familia, which is a market leader in the Colombian soft paper industry.

The company, which among other things produces diapers and toilet paper, is accused of having been involved in starting these suspected cartels in 1998 and 2000.

“We take all these suspicions seriously. Familia cooperates fully with authorities to assist the investigation. The probe concerns activities up until 2013 and extends to, apart from Colombia, other countries in South America. It is yet too early to say exactly what and which countries are part of this,” SCA sustainability officer Kersti Strandqvist told Swedish newspaper Dagens Nyheter.

Stockholm-based SCA is Europe's largest private owner of forest land and manufactures paper, mainly to be used for personal care products.

The reports come as the company struggles to restore its reputation after reports of “excessive” use of private jets by its corporate heads.

READ MORE: How private jets took down a Swedish industry giant

Earlier this year, it was claimed that managers' families had been taken to a hunting lodge owned by SCA and that spouses and children had accompanied executives on foreign business trips, including to the Olympic Games in London in 2012.

The scandal caused unprecedented upheaval to Sweden's boardrooms, with four of its biggest companies – Handelsbanken, Industrivärden, SCA and steelmaker SSAB – all receiving new chairmen earlier this year.