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King knew of gangster meetups: Lettström

King Carl XVI Gustaf was aware of friend Anders Lettström's attempts to silence the scandals described in the book The Unwilling Monarch (Den motvillige monarken), Lettström claimed in tramscripts of tape recordings published by newspaper Aftonbladet.

King knew of gangster meetups: Lettström

On Lettström’s initiative, Daniel Webb, acting for well-known criminal Milan Sevo, tried to get sex club owner Mille Markovic to deny the information published in the scandalous book about the Swedish king.

As well as a denial from Markovic, Lettström wanted to buy the alleged scandalous pictures of the king at Markovic’s club, reported Aftonbladet.

Lettström’s silencing attempts are said to have gone on for some months, without a deal being struck with Markovic.

The king publically renounced Lettström’s actions in an interview with news agency TT in May. When asked if the king had known about Anders Lettström’s contacts with Stockholm’s criminal underworld, the king responded with a definite no.

In tape recordings made by Daniel Webb, however, Lettström claims to have informed the king of his ongoings.

“After our meeting on Kungsholmen I spoke with the king that evening, and told him that you’d said Mille was willing to deny, and that he wanted to be paid for it. You didn’t know how much, but thought it would be between one and two million,” Lettström said to Webb in the recording.

Lettström repeats that he has spoken to the king about contacting Markovic once more in the same conversation.

“If we paid Mille for his denial, he would make sure that some of his sources denied it too. That’s what our deal entailed, and I’ve mentioned it to the king,” said Lettström according to Aftonbladet.

The recordings of Lettström’s conversations with Webb haven’t previously been published.

However, Lettström maintains that the king was unaware of his contacts with Daniel Webb, and claims the sound material is manipulated.

“It’s like a photo montage, only with sound. It’s taken out of context,” said Lettström to Aftonbladet.

The company Voxanalys and British experts on sound analysis have, acting on Aftonbladet’s behalf, investigated the recordings. The Swedish and British experts both judged the recordings free from manipulation, modification or cuts from different recordings.

The court’s information officer Bertil Ternert was unwilling to comment further on the matter, stating that information about these recordings has already been published and commented.

Ternert added that an allegation made by Lettström on the recordings, namely that the king’s telephone was being tapped by the National Bureau of Investigation (Rikskriminalpolisen), was “remarkable”, according to Aftonbladet.

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Top Telia boss in sex club bribery scandal

A high-ranking official from Swedish-Finnish telecom giant TeliaSonera, along with two colleagues, is under investigation for corruption in a scandal that reportedly involves expensive mobile phones, ice hockey and sex club visits, according to a report in the Metro newspaper.

Top Telia boss in sex club bribery scandal

“In questioning they have all admitted to some of the circumstances,” said district prosecutor Thomas Forsberg to the paper.

The three TeliaSonera employees are under suspicion for accepting bribes after being invited by a supplier to watch hockey games at the Malmö stadium on several occasions.

They are also suspected of accepting a free trip to Denmark by limousine offered by the same benefactor, where they were reportedly treated to a visit to a Copenhagen sex club.

Prosecutor Forsberg told Metro that the three men have admitted to attending the club:

“They don’t want to say more than that,” he told the paper.

The three telecoms employees are also under suspicion for having given away expensive mobile phones to friends and family, to the financial detriment of the company.

The high-ranking official was remanded into custody on suspicion of corruption earlier this year.

Together with two of his colleagues, he is under investigation for accepting bribes.

A fourth man, an employee at a computer company, is under suspicion for bribing the TeliaSonera boss and his colleagues.

According to the prosecutor, the investigation is nearing completion and may result in charges filed in four cases.

“It may mean charges of aggravated bribery for at least one of them,” Forsberg told Metro.

The news comes just days after reports that TeliaSonera may have paid bribes to a woman with ties to the regime of Uzbek president Islam Karimov in order to secure 3G licences in the country.

Russian authorities are also investigating TeliaSonera’s dealings in Uzbekistan, according to Russian media reports, in a probe to determine if a cartel including TeliaSonera played a role in having a Russian telecoms firm kicked out of the the former Soviet republic.

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