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Alleged King pics to be released: ex-gangster

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Alleged King pics to be released: ex-gangster
07:28 CEST+02:00
Ex-porn club owner and reputed gangster Mille Markovic said on Tuesday he plans to publish compromising pictures of Sweden's King Carl XVI Gustaf he claims to have in his possession.

Markovic said he has been in touch with people who helping write a book about his life and that he plans to publish pictures featuring the King online in connection with the book's publication.

"They are going to make sure my book is done in a few months and not wait until next year," he told the TT news agency.

According to Markovic, the pictures portray the King in compromising situations. He has previously shown the images to a reporter from Sweden's TV4 and claims that they are genuine.

He added, however, that he never planned to sell the pictures or use them to blackmail the King.

One of the writers working on the book about Markovic is Deanne Rauscher, a co-author of "Den motvillige monarken" ('The reluctant monarch'), a tell-all book published in November 2010 about the King's life which details his alleged affairs and porn club visits.

In an interview with the TT news agency on Monday night, the King denied that the compromising images of him referred to in previous media reports exist or that he ever visited any porn clubs.

Despite the King's denials, the Left Party has no plans to drop its demand that a truth commission be launched to get to the bottom of the book's claims.

"Now we're in a situation where word stands against word and it's clear that there are many who are lying while the King is telling the truth. I still think we should dig deeper and investigate the matter," Left Party MP Lena Olsson told TT.

Olsson, who sits on the Riksdag's justice committee, proposed forming a truth commission last week in a question posed to Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt in the Riksdag.

She pointed out that, if the reports are true, the King could have been the subject of blackmail which "could be a threat to national security".

"Against this background, it would be appropriate for the King to take a time out from the Foreign Affairs Council (Utrikesnämnden) and a truth commission set up to investigate the truth," she wrote.

Meanwhile, the Social Democrats continue to push their demand that changes be made that make it easier to investigate Sweden's head of state, regardless of the King's latest statements.

"This interview doesn't change anything, the problem remains," Social Democrat constitution committee spokesperson Sven-Erik Österberg told TT.

The party now plans to discuss the matter internally with the goal of presenting a bill to the Riksdag.

"Now the King has been clear in denying a lot, so one has to accept that is the case until something else is proven. If something else should come out, then naturally that would be very bad. There is a lot at stake if it should come out that it isn't true," said Österberg.

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