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King unaware of friend's contact with criminal

TT/The Local · 21 May 2011, 10:07

Published: 21 May 2011 10:07 GMT+02:00

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The royal court's press secretary, Bertil Ternert, told news agency TT that the King has heard the recording of his friend, Anders Lettström, chatting with Daniel Webb, a bodyguard of alleged Swedish gangster Milan Sevo. Ternert said there was no reason to question the authenticity of the recording.

But he says the King did not know about the contact. “This is a person who hasn't informed or briefed the royal court or the King about this,” he told TT. “This was on his own initiative.”

Lettström allegedly met with known criminals in an attempt to stop the publication of information about the king's rumored activities at strip clubs. These activities were later described in a book -- Carl XVI Gustaf - Den motvillige monarken" ('Carl XVI Gustaf - The Reluctant Monarch') – that was published last year.

The source of the information in the book is a former night club owner who claims that he has some sort of photo evidence. In the recently released recordings, the bodyguard and a person who says he is the king's friend are heard on the tape having a discussion about how to contact one of the book's sources to find out what type of sensitive material he had.

Details of the meetings will come out in the form of a new book by a bodyguard of a gangster leader who is thought to have been contacted.

Lettström denies making contact with any criminals.

Meanwhile, Lena Olsson, the Left Party representative in the parliamentary committee on justice, is calling for a truth commission to investigate the revelations about the King and his friend's contact with the criminals.

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She sent a letter to Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt out of concern that the King, who is chairman of the advisory council of foreign affairs, could be subjected to blackmail. Olsson wants the King to take a time out from the advisory council.

TT/The Local (news@thelocal.se)

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Your comments about this article

16:20 May 21, 2011 by AHA
The monarchy is a burden in modern times, but hey, leave the king alone. He never said that he was a saint.
19:27 May 21, 2011 by wenddiver
Hey, it happens all the time, you get accused of something and a friend goes by to talk to the person and makes it worse. Happens to everybody. Kings are no different.
20:21 May 21, 2011 by johnny1939
This is all so silly. The King is not responsible for the doings of so called friends. Just forget about it!
23:27 May 21, 2011 by infidel2012
Huh, Yeah right.

The King and Queen are a complete waste of taxpayers' hard earned kronor.

How much tax money was used on their daughters' wedding???
04:00 May 22, 2011 by foordranata
Did I mention already that Finland just won Sweden in the icehockey world chamionships?

I don´t know, I just thought I´d mention it at this point.

6-1 it was.

Five (5) goals in the 3rd.

I´m sorry, this probably was not anywhere near the subject.
13:58 May 22, 2011 by Twiceshy
If king has business with Yugoslavian mafia, then all patriots should like Yugo mafia:) hahaha
08:18 May 23, 2011 by Deffiz


>Did I mention already that Finland just won Sweden in the icehockey world championships?

What?! Since when are they giving away COUNTRIES as TROPHIES?!

[/off topic]

At least there is a pause in comments about how "easy" life is for the royals.

I'm not saying they deserve their lifestyle because of what "newspapers" write about them, but it is not all fast cars and fried sparrows...

However, if the main benefit of a monarchy is tourism, a lifetime-appointed diplomat and an on-call PR rep, then the question becomes: how much bad press can they take before they are useless to Sweden?
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