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Secret documents reveal further arms cooperation

The Local · 20 Mar 2012, 08:59

Published: 20 Mar 2012 08:59 GMT+01:00

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The letter, which was sent from Swedish minister for trade Ewa Björling to Prince Mohammed Nayef, dated September 17th 2009, was revealed and published on Tuesday by the newspaper.

The Saudi dictator, according to the paper, wanted to buy “several million kronor” worth of cameras, digital equipment, and an underground control centre system to watch over his own people.

In the letter, Björling notes the advanced technology of Swedish security systems, and how the two countries can continue to work on their “strategic partnership” in the future.

Swedish government ministers have been keen to pass the buck when confronted by Expressen regarding the claims, with all signs seemingly pointed towards the Ministry for Foreign Affairs and The Swedish Fortifications Agency (Fortifikationsverket).

However, spokespeople for both groups have not confirmed or denied the possible collaborations with Saudi Arabia.

According to the letter, published in full today, Björling wrote:

“The responsible Swedish government agencies are prepared to provide an initial study regarding civil public security utilizing the full knowledge gained from Sweden’s experience along with its advanced and proven technologies”.

Sources close to Expressen have indicated that this co-operation was to involve intense civilian monitoring by the regime, allowing them to be able to “deploy heavily armed domestic troops” if deemed necessary from security monitoring.

An initial workshop has already taken place in June of 2009 relating to the security collaboration, according to Björling’s letter.

The plans were met with heavy criticism from the opposition, including Left Party spokesperson on foreign policy, Hans Linde.

“I think it is unacceptable to be engaged in this type of cooperation with a country like Saudi Arabia. This would be actively providing one of the worst dictatorships with tools to monitor and thereby repress its own people,” he told the paper.

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09:35 March 20, 2012 by rolfkrohna
We know that Sweden has developed the most sophisticated and far reaching systems ever in the world history to monitor, supervise, and control the residents, far beyond what any previous or present dictatorship, be it Stalin communist, STASI, fascist, or Nazism, ever previously have gone and achieved in this respect. There is no wonder there is great interest for it out there. Even radical, now removed, politicians in China has suggested China should lift its level of resident controls to Swedish level after Swedish model. As being Swedish born, but no longer a resident, I just can't understand why Swedish people don't raise up to the oppression. Others have done it, why not the swedes.
09:38 March 20, 2012 by tendance
This is just how economic interest of advanced nations clouds the leaders' judgement. Can't Sweden, THE MOST DECOCRATICALLY CORRECT COUNTRY, as some of its leaders purport, see the picture in the intention of the Saudi ruler??
09:46 March 20, 2012 by OUIJA
The idea is to sell, sell, sell, regardless of what they sell. Money, money, money (ABBA). If what Sweden sells helps the USA to keep on with its military interventions all over the world, so what. If what Sweden sell helps countries like Saudi Arabia to monitor its own people, so what.

Sweden's motto is "Selling is the name of the killing". Period.
10:50 March 20, 2012 by Iraniboy
It just gets ridiculous when in Sweden we discuss about animals rights when we sell weapons which are basically designed to kill humans and animals altogether!
11:23 March 20, 2012 by bagbuoy
I fail to understand the outrage. If Sweden wasn't always on its moral high-horse it would be able to sell a lot more products abroad. Finally the country secures a good deal and the screamers get their panties in a bunch about it.
17:19 March 20, 2012 by Bleichroeder
Not so "holier-than-thou", eh?
15:17 March 21, 2012 by Max Reaver
The political whore known as Swedish government has finally been called on her act! A whore shouldn't even try to auction her virginity. Likewise, a government that enter shady deals with pronounced dictators shouldn't even claim to be pure, benevolent and politically-correct. This is Swedish mentality of politics, be a whore, and still act like a virgin.
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