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Swedes arrested for fatal stabbing in Thailand

A 25-year-old man from the Gothenburg area was stabbed to death in the Thai tourist resort of Phuket on Monday. Two Swedish citizens have been arrested by Thai police in connection with the crime.

The man was murdered at around 9pm on Monday evening outside the apartment complex in which he was living. Two men are reported to have fled the scene, according to local media.

“We have had it confirmed that a 25-year-old Swedish man has been knifed in the throat and has died at the scene,” said Pär Kågeby at the Swedish embassy in Bangkok to the Expressen daily.

According to the Swedish foreign ministry, Thai police have identified a suspect, also a Swedish man and aged 26-years-old.

According to local media the police have a further suspect, described only as a “white male” who reportedly rented a house together with the 26-year-old in the vicinity of victim’s luxury home.

The men are believed to have fled the scene on a motorbike stolen from the victim.

On Tuesday, Thai police arrested two Swedish citizens on suspicion of murder.

“The two were arrested a few hours ago,” foreign ministry spokesperson Tobias Nilsson told the TT news agency on Tuesday morning.

“According to the Thai police they have confessed to the crime.”

The victim is reported to have returned home at around 8pm and was attacked by the two men who tried to strangle him with a wire, the Phuket Gazette reported. The man was then stabbed in the neck and died soon after from his wounds.

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Bluff bid for Swedish firm sparks market turmoil

An erroneous press release published on Friday indicating that Swedish firm Fingerprint Cards had been acquired by Samsung led to a sharp rise in the firm's stock and a criminal investigation once the mistake had been discovered.

Bluff bid for Swedish firm sparks market turmoil

“An investigation has shown that the company followed its routines and was subjected to a deliberate fraud attempt,” business wire service Cision, the firm responsible for publishing the press release, said in a statement on Friday.

Fingerprint Cards, a Gothenburg-based biometric technology firm, issued a denial on its homepage on Friday that it had been acquired by the Korean electronics giant.

“The news in today’s media that Fingerprint Cards AB has been acquired by Samsung is incorrect… What has happened will be reported to the police and to the Swedish Financial Supervisory Authority,” the firm wrote.

The matter is now being handled by the Swedish Economic Crimes Authority (Ekobrottsmyndigheten) which has opened a preliminary investigation into aggravated fraud.

Trading in the company’s stock was halted as soon as the abnormal share fluctuations were detected on Friday morning and all trades completed between 10.17am and 10.34 have been nullified.

Fingerprint Cards’ stock has been one of the Stockholm exchange’s strongest performers since the turn of the year, having climbed over 320 percent since January 1st.

The latest Apple Iphone incorporates the firm’s fingerprint sensor.

All trades from 10.17am have also been nullified in sector colleague Precise Biometrics, which also climbed steeply on Friday.

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