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Friend sought gangster's help to hush up King's affairs: report

Rebecca Martin · 19 May 2011, 12:31

Published: 19 May 2011 12:31 GMT+02:00

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“I think that you should establish contact and try to find out what the agenda is, what he wants, and what he actually has," Lettström is heard saying on the tape.

When the scandalous biography "Carl XVI Gustaf - Den motvillige monarken" ('Carl XVI Gustaf - The Reluctant Monarch') was published last year, one of the main sources was reputed gangster and night club host Mille Markovic, who gave a detailed account of controversial parties hosted at his club with the King and his friends in attendance.

According to Daniel Webb, bodyguard of alleged Swedish gangster Milan Sevo, the King’s close associates contacted him because they wanted to buy the incriminating material from Markovic and wanted Sevo to act as a go-between.

“I think that they wanted someone who moves in the same circles and that’s when they thought of Milan Sevo,” Webb told SR.

According to Webb, he subsequently met with one of the King’s closest friends, Anders Lettström, wearing a hidden microphone.

The conversations were taped over a handful of meetings last year, shortly after the controversial book had been released.

But Lettström denies having asked Webb to act on his behalf.

“I haven’t asked anyone to do anything, so that must be wrong,” he said to SR.

But on tape Lettström can be heard asking Webb to find out what material club owner Mille Markovic really had implicating the King and his friends.

According to Webb, several of the King’s close friends were keen on getting Markovic to recant his statements in the book about their visits to his club.

They were also worried about what kind of material Markovic himself possessed and what he was planning to do with it.

Markovic had previously said that he wanted to publish the material.

Webb subsequently contacted Markovic who said he wanted several million kronor to take back his statements and hand over the material, which Webb reported back to Lettström at the next meeting.

"There’s a risk that he is living in some kind of dream world when it come to this. Maybe, I don’t know. Then again, everyone really just wants some peace of mind and to get a way from this sorry business," Lettström is heard to answer.

Despite the recordings, Anders Lettström continued to deny having talked to Webb when SR confronted him.

“I have never spoken to Mille, Milan etc. Through friends of friends I have been approached and offered to purchase images and denials of lies, which I have declined,” he wrote in an email to SR.

Another close friend of King Carl XVI Gustaf, Aje Philipsson, says that he hasn’t been involved in any negotiations but that he heard of the meetings after they had taken place.

"I have never met these gentlemen nor spoke to them and there is no chance that I have been involved in anything," he told SR.

According to Webb, an agreement was reached and the King’s friends were subsequently made privy to some of the material in Markovic’s possession.

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But then they started to haggle over the price and the deal fell through, according to Webb, who says he doesn’t know why they lost interest in reaching an agreement.

“In retrospect it is possible that the King’s friends were only interested in protecting themselves and not the King. When they saw he material they may have come to the conclusion that it wasn’t as interesting as they had thought,” Webb told SR.

The tapes consist of 8 hours of recorded material and were handed over by Webb to freelance journalist Nuri Kino who on Friday releases his book on Milan Sevo called "Den svenske gudfadern" (‘The Swedish Godfather’).

According to daily Expressen, the Royal Court denies having had any information on the deal.

“The King has had no knowledge of these actions,“ said Bertil Ternert, head of information, at the Royal Court to Expressen.

Rebecca Martin (rebecca.martin@thelocal.se)

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Your comments about this article

13:33 May 19, 2011 by Luke R D
....and this is a surprise because?

Royals are just gangsters in finer clothing (Beatrice's hat a big exception here).
14:58 May 19, 2011 by zooeden
Leave the King alone
17:59 May 19, 2011 by Swedesmith
The Gansta King...hey it has a ring to it.
19:04 May 19, 2011 by KingArthur
Wats wrong With Beatrice or her hat ?
19:15 May 19, 2011 by swedejane
Wow...this so-called "king" is a real douchebag.
20:18 May 19, 2011 by conboy
Ah yes VERY LITTLE public corruption in Sweden .....
22:18 May 19, 2011 by wakak
There is lot of focus on Dominique Strauss Kahn and Julian Assange. But the king is no better. He is just lucky to be the N°1 in this country. A good advice, Gustaf, don't stay in Sofitel New York, you might end up with handcuffs...well deserved...
03:07 May 20, 2011 by wenddiver
Wow, how long have I been telling you the King has a posse. He probaly just likes to hang out with his Russian friends in his sweat suite and compare BMWs,cribs and GLOCKS with the other Homies.
05:36 May 20, 2011 by cookiemaster
The biggest gangsters in Sweden and in Europe are communists and liberals...corrupt labor party etc...they were the one who have ruined Europe and not Kings and Queens thanks to whom you are still on the map even today after almost entire continent was turned into third world toilet (do you think anyone would give a damn about Sweden or England if it wasn't for its people and traditions which those have !!?).
21:56 May 23, 2011 by Friso
@ cookiemaster: please learn some history!

Way too many kings and queens have been very corrupt and cruel during many centuries.

That modern and self-respecting countries like Sweden, Great Brittain, The Netherlands et cetera still have royal families is foolish, dumb, pathetic and embarrashing!
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