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Four young Swedes dead in Thai car crash

Four young Swedes have died in a traffic accident while holidaying in Thailand after their vehicle collided with a truck early on Wednesday morning.

Four young Swedes dead in Thai car crash

“They hit a truck, which went onto the wrong side of the road and crashed into their minibus,” confirmed Camilla Åkesson Lindblom of the foreign ministry to news agency TT.

The accident reportedly occurred when the two men and two women, all in their early twenties, where en route between Patong in Phuket and Koh Tao, according to the police.

The young adults had arrived in Thailand on January 19th and had planned to stay in the country for three weeks.

The group’s Thai driver is also said to have died in the accident, which has been described as severe. According to daily Svenska Dagbladet (SvD) it took emergency services three hours to recover the bodies from the wrecked vehicle.

Thai media reported that the van driver fled the scene straight after the crash and is being sought by local police.

The Swedes and their driver are said to have died immediately in the massive collision, which occurred about 7am local time on Wednesday.

The young adults all came from Varberg, in southern Sweden, and the municipality on Wednesday afternoon mobilized its crisis response and grief counseling teams to deal with the reactions of those affected by the tragedy.

“We have made the judgement that this might be necessary at this stage,” said Anneli Westling of the municipality support group to TT.

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Swedish politician jailed for fraud

Former Moderate Party politician Annétthe Zettergren, 58, was jailed for 3.5 years on Thursday and ordered to pay damages totalling 3.9 million ($605,000) to the county of Värmland and a further 350,000 kronor to her former partner.

Swedish politician jailed for fraud

Zettergren was charged with two counts of serious fraud in July following her arrest in Thailand in March.

The first charge related to a period spent serving on the Värmland County Council. Zettergren also ran a physical therapy clinic that investigators believe she used to send fraudulent invoices to the county council to the tune of 4.5 million kronor.

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The second charge related to the theft of funds from her partner’s bank account before she disappeared, fleeing to Thailand in September 2012.

The scandal emerged after a report in the local Nya Wermlands-Tidningen that revealed that Zettergren was the highest paid physical therapist in the county.

The report led to a county council investigation and in June 2012 Zettergren left all of her positions of responsibility within the county. During her long service she has served on the Värmland County Council, the board of a regional development body and the local police board.

The county council reported the matter to the police on August 22nd and Zettergren disappeared a month later. A warrant for her arrest was issued shortly after.

After almost six months on the run, Swedish police were able to track her down and Thai police were able to catch up with her and make an arrest in the resort of Pattaya in March 2013. After a week in a Thai prison, Zettergren was deported back to Sweden.

Zettergren’s nephew, also detained in Thailand in March, was convicted on Thursday on charges of handling stolen money and sentenced to probation and community service.

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