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Top Swedish execs hire bodyguards over threats

The Local/vt · 14 Jan 2011, 16:05

Published: 14 Jan 2011 16:05 GMT+01:00

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Gothia Protection Group is one of the seven companies that provides bodyguard protection in Sweden and is currently employed by about 20 corporate heads, Dagens Nyheter (DN) reported on Friday.

"The realisation for stronger security measures comes as major Swedish companies' boards become more internationalised," Stellan Kjellberg, operations manager at Gothia Protection, explained to newspaper Dagens Nyheter (DN) on Friday.

"The American and English members who are elected bring their experiences from their countries," he added.

The heightened security fears come on the heels of a Norwegian impostor and fraudster stealing 15.6 million ($2.33 million) from two Swedish millionaires last year.

Philip Holst-Cappelen remains at large after stalking, then threatening and stealing millions of kronor from two Swedish millionaires in Gothenburg and Stockholm, Aftonbladet reported on Tuesday.

On Monday, three of his accomplices were charged at Stockholm district court for aggravated robbery, kidnapping and receiving stolen funds and property. One accomplice has confessed to parts of the crimes but claims to have been cheated by Holst-Cappelen, while the others deny the charges.

Holst-Cappelen, 45, is on an international wanted list and most of the funds remain missing.

Holst-Cappelen and a 32-year-old male accomplice from Indonesia lived in an apartment that shared an entrance with a 47-year-old millionaire's home in Gothenburg, Aftonbladet reported on Tuesday. From there, they tracked his movements for several months.

Another accomplice accompanied Holst-Cappelen into the apartment in March 2010. They overpowered the millionaire and threatened to cut off his fingers unless if he emptied his accounts to them.

The millionaire was trapped in his apartment for six days until he transferred more than 3.6 million kronor in his savings and shares to an account that was later withdrawn by the accomplices.

The man did not report the incident to police because the assailants had also threatened to kill his mother, the report said.

Several months later, the gang struck again, kidnapping another millionaire in his apartment on Stockholm's exclusive Strandvägen for three days. They made threats against him and his daughter until he transferred 12 million kronor to the kidnappers, Aftonbladet reported.

Holst-Cappelen is alleged to have targeted six high-earning Swedes as potential victims, including a Carnegie trustee and a Wallenberg director, by scrutinising salary lists and and information about family members, the report said.

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Gothia Protection is unique in that it focusses on personal protection for its customers, DN reported.

The kidnapping of electronics chain Siba's CEO Fabian Bengtsson in early 2005 led to an increase in the demand for personal protection rose sharply, the report said.

After the beleaguered former CEO of Vattenfall, Lars G. Josefsson, was attacked by paint bombs by environmental activists last year, several large banks boosted their security measures.

Separately, outgoing Swedish Trade Union Confederation (Landsorganisationen i Sverige, LO) president Wanja Lundby-Wedin employed bodyguards during the height of the AMF scandal in 2009, the report said.

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17:12 January 14, 2011 by miss79
threats, murder, robbery, sucides bombing, are rising up more and more..the way of CAPITALISM..scary!
17:51 January 14, 2011 by karex
Sounds more like greater infiltration of "organized crimilaism" than a problem of capitalism...
18:40 January 14, 2011 by Swedesmith
Sometimes it's good to be poor.
19:00 January 14, 2011 by calebian22
Indeed, I am glad my pisspot is not golden.
19:27 January 14, 2011 by landofthesheeple
It's less expensive to have a loaded gun in the house. Albeit the thugs would be caught off guard : )
19:30 January 14, 2011 by Swedesmith
Slugs for thugs.
19:43 January 14, 2011 by sneal
What are we in Mexico now?
20:00 January 14, 2011 by james7
How come we don't have this problem in the US? The safest places are those with high gun ownership.
21:39 January 14, 2011 by No Haram Done
Citizens of Beloved Sverige,

I'm a liberal Democratic voter here in the States & am writing you to encourage ALL Swedish citizens to apply for weapons permits & learn about their use & care.

Firearms are easy to SAFELY operate & even FUN to use recreationally with proper training!

It is, sadly, PAST time to start doing this.

However, you won't be at a disadvantage to ANY attacker(s)!
22:35 January 14, 2011 by Nemesis
This is a joke.

They need to ask why they are no longer safe.
00:38 January 15, 2011 by millionmileman
Seriously folks they should use the new X-Drive Saab 95 Aero equipped with snow tires and bullet-proof glass!
11:38 January 15, 2011 by RobinHood
Citizens of Beloved Sverige.

I am a socialist voter here in a small country called Stark Raving Bonkers (SRB), & am writing to encourage ALL Swedish citizens to apply for a permit to arm yourself with nuclear and chemical weapons & learn about ther use and care.

Nukes and chemical weapons are easy to SAFELY operate & FUN to use recreationally with proper training!

You won't be at a disadvantage to ANY attacker(s)! Just nuke or gas them and your troubles will be over.

If you want to know more, please come to visit me at my home in St Marys Hospital for the Criminally Insane and Dangerously Deluded, where you will recognise me because I am dressed as Napoleon and am holding a plastic chicken I like to call Victor.

The screens please nurse, it's time for Victor's massage with happy ending.
12:06 January 15, 2011 by UScitizen
Funny isn't it? These crimes are committed bu Norwegians while Americans get blamed! Just showes how ignorant some (many!) of the people here are. It was one of your own scandiavian cousins dude! LEARN TO READ!!! None of this was done by American or English people.

"The American and English members who are elected bring their experiences from their countries," most likely means their experiences of dealing with something like this, which would be to hire security firms to protect your people from Norweigans and their indonesian hired help.
19:44 January 15, 2011 by mikmak
James: Right...you don't have this problem in the US...

"Mexican drug gang turns to kidnapping in U.S."

02:34 January 16, 2011 by Marc the Texan
James7 is right. Gun ownership drives down violent crime. mikmak. Drug legalization also drives down violent crime. Parts of the US have it half right and parts of Europe have it half right.
09:53 January 16, 2011 by xinhua
Why not? Do you always fix your car brakes? And yet your life depends on them. If you can pay somebody to guard your life, while you are making money and paying taxes - I say go for it! Some people will work on finding ways to separate you from your money and if you can't outrun, outgun or outsmart them hire someone who can.
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