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Government rules out royal truth commission

TT/The Local/pvs · 1 Jun 2011, 15:42

Published: 01 Jun 2011 15:42 GMT+02:00

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The government had been urged by Left Party MP Lena Olsson to set up a truth commission to look into claims forwarded by recent books into the King's affairs.

In response to Olsson's written question, justice minister Beatrice Ask on Wednesday said that she was unwilling to speculate on the media reports of "alleged contacts between the friends of the head of state and people with criminal backgrounds".

"I neither intend to take any initiative to set up a commission charged with investigating the veracity of those claims," ​​she continued.

Lena Olsson is however not surprised at the minister's response.

"The government is of course much closer to the king than we on the left are, so I'm not surprised at the answer," she said, while continuing to argue for the need for a truth commission.

"It is weak and wrong to hand all the responsibility to the media and into the hands of criminals," she said.

Anna Ramberg, Secretary-General of the Swedish Bar Association, argued earlier on Wednesday that media reports concerning the King's alleged visits to sex clubs, and contact between his friends and criminals, had gone beyond what is acceptable.

"One can't mock the monarchy and its representatives in such a malicious manner like this," Ramberg wrote on her blog, forwarding very harsh criticism against parts of the media for a "systematic defamation of the royal family".

According to the press ombudsman (PO), Ola Sigvardsson, being head of state includes a requirement to withstand tougher scrutiny than others.

"But it is clear there are limits. It is very problematic if you say things without being able to substantiate it," he said.

According to Sigvardsson, much of the news reporting of the revelations has been handled correctly. He observed however that some reports have been problematic.

Sigvardsson cited the taped recordings of the King's close friend Anders Lettström speaking with a representative of the criminal underworld, as an example of legitimate material about which to question the King.

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Among the more problematic were the images that broadcaster TV4 has claimed to have looked at.

"It is problematic to make comments about images that the viewers themselves are unable to form an opinion about. Especially when it concerns serious matters. Here there is a source material problem that is important," he said.

There is nothing preventing the King from turning to the ombudsman to request a review of the reporting of the revelations, but Ola Sigvardsson doubts whether the monarch will take this course of action.

"To my knowledge it has never happened that the royal family has turned to the PO, but the possibility surely exists."

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17:20 June 1, 2011 by justiceforall
Ofcourse a state needs a KING/Queen. In the question of national unity, Uniform Order, and Nationality, one state should have a King of its own. There are many small things that should be excused only for a KING. We should just stop talking ill of the Swedish King. We have many things else to discuss.
18:02 June 1, 2011 by Mb 65
I cannot believe how narrow minded the Swedes are. This is totally pathetic. He that is without sin among you cast the first stone. Not many stones then. The Swedish Royal family are more human and are not stuck up like the British Royal Family.
19:22 June 1, 2011 by zircon
Formation: silence the blades. King and country are coming through loud and well. Purgatory in your Christian kingdom is good for the soul after all...
21:13 June 1, 2011 by heroine
The most scaring part is the king himself denying all the facts and lying to his own people....

Let us wait for the pictures then...
22:41 June 1, 2011 by cupidcub
Come on Swedes. King is a King.. you really need to know the meaning of it. Its not a subject of public discussion. A King MUST have the flexibility to do whatever he wants (Offcourse he should not lose his mind). Thats why he is the KING. I mean in every country Presidents, Ministers, MPs maintain some connection with Mafia/Underworld. So do we just throw them away ??
22:47 June 1, 2011 by StuartM
Time to get rid of these parasites once and for all. This idiotic king doesn't deserve a single krona from the taxpayer, much better to give the money to some honest asylum seeker who is actually willing to work and contribute to Swedish society. A man who visits strip clubs and contributes to the exploitation and abuse of women is completely unfit to represent his country in any way whatsoever.
00:21 June 2, 2011 by matona1
i am confused
01:52 June 2, 2011 by GLO
Who cares!
03:43 June 2, 2011 by Kr0n
The King has a strange expression on his face... Anyone can guess? He looks like a diсkheаd afraid of public disclosure of his activities.
07:21 June 2, 2011 by jomamas
We know for sure that communism failed, and has resulted in more deaths than any disease or war.

If the King has committed a crime, give the throne to his daughter.

Otherwise, ship the Swedish communists to Somalia or Iraq - so they can be with the people they love the most.
08:18 June 2, 2011 by engagebrain
Kings and Queens - this is the 21st century not a fairly tail.

However there is something very Swedish about getting a job because your parent had it.
08:51 June 2, 2011 by infidel2012

Honest Asylum Seekers, here in Sweden?

Since when do honest Asylum Seekers need to cross multiple EU borders to get to Sverige?

The King doesn't need an investigation, it would be a further waste of time and taxpayer funds. But don't worry, He seems to have made enough rope to hang from anyway. Soon, Sweden will have a new kind of King... A President.
09:20 June 2, 2011 by zircon
All the king's men.
11:06 June 2, 2011 by asteriks
King spent public money on prostitutes, he should be dethroned. Very simply. Right wing extremists always misuse taxes to produce hate against immigrants and now they are quiet. King show tot he people how much they are stupid, while ordinary people can finish in prison, king can not, that's middle age feudalism, village country which is not in 21 century.
11:07 June 2, 2011 by johnny1939
We do not need another commission to start out w/. Why is that the left always wants this? Could it be that they are intent on controlling all our lives? Even as a woman, I do not care if the King visited a "sex club" or not. I do not really know what goes on in there but I can guess. So what...BIG DEAL! This whole thing is so childish and sickening in my book at least.
11:51 June 2, 2011 by J. L. Belmar
Give me a break! A king is like you and me, but with a title as king. We both go to the toilet, we both have masturbated, we both like porno films, we both have cheated, we both admire other women when they are good looking and sexy, we both sleep, dream, get upset and whatever.

Leave the king and think about what might be behind the Reinfeldts, Juholts, Aleniuse and other beauties in the Swedish political galaxy.

Once upon a time, Jesus the Christ said: "Him who is free of guilt, can throw the first stone." The message was and is addressed to me, you and the Aftonbladets in line.

Furthermore: Do you think that the gangster with the photos is now an ex-gangster? Not even his grandmother believes that!
12:16 June 2, 2011 by conboy
The King is doomed Long Live the KIng!
12:30 June 2, 2011 by EP
Beatrice Ask is a c*nt. Justice should be blind not selective irrespective of who is being investigated.
19:08 June 2, 2011 by huckleberry
The king is a complete lying tw*t
20:05 June 2, 2011 by Rey Stockholm
I dont believe photos exist - he is far too astute to deny pictures exist if there was any chance at all he had been caught on camera

I certainly wouldnt believe the word of local gangsters - if thye had picturesthey woudl be published by now .

Its all cheap publicity
20:08 June 2, 2011 by Tanskalainen
The king eats Marmite.
21:56 June 2, 2011 by conboy
The King worw a balaclava when he met Noppe last time!!!!
22:52 June 2, 2011 by Njal
Not even a King may deny the truth....especially a King.
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