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Swede speaks out on false NY sex crimes

One of the two Swedish businessmen who were cleared of sexual assault charges leveled by a teenager in New York has spoken out about the ordeal, labelling the accusations a “complete fabrication”.

Swede speaks out on false NY sex crimes

“Luckily there was concrete evidence in the form of surveillance cameras, witnesses, and pass cards to the hotel that proved the whole story was a complete fabrication,” one of the formally accused men, Niklas Adalberth, 30, told Swedish business magazine Veckans Affärer on Thursday.

Adalberth and Jens Saltin, 31, were charged with the of molesting a 19-year-old woman in a luxury hotel in New York in early February.

They were accused of straddling the victim, tearing off her clothes, and fondling her breasts, however the charges were cleared in late February.

Referred to in the Swedish media as an “IT-millionaire”, the co-founder the e-payments company Klarna verified that the whole story was false, and that there was no basis to the accusations.

“Jens Saltin and I had been in San Francisco and met up with some friends in New York. The next day we were falsely accused for something we hadn’t done, something that was completely foreign to everything we stand for,” he said.

Adalberth described the ordeal as a “Kafka-esque nightmare”, yet was happy with the way the incident was handled and put to rest.

“Klarna handled this very professionally. The staff was informed immediately and all the big customers were contacted,” he said.

Based in Sweden, Klarna AB employs more than 600 people and has operations in Sweden, Norway, Finland, the Netherlands, Germany and Israel.

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Swedish police officers praised by New Yorkers

A video has emerged of Swedish off-duty police officers breaking up a violent fight on the New York subway.

Swedish police officers praised by New Yorkers
The Swedish police heroes meet with NYPD heads. Photo: New York Police Department/TT

As The Local reported on Thursday, the Swedish officers, who are all in their twenties, were on their way to see a show on Broadway when they heard the operator of the train call for help over the intercom from any police officers who might be on the train.

When Samuel Kvarzell, Erik Näslund, Markus Åsberg and Eric Jansberger got to the front of the train, they saw a homeless man being attacked as passengers looked on. The group managed to restrain the person who was beating him, who was also believed to be homeless, according to the New York Post.

On Friday the four Swedes met with NYPD Police Commissioner William Bratton, who praised their resourcefulness.

“We are guests of the New York Police until Sunday,” Åsberg told Swedish news wire TT, and added: “We're a bit surprised at all the attention”.

In a video filmed by a New York resident and published on YouTube, the Swedes are heard asking if the suspected culprit is injured, while restraining him.

In the US, where police violence is a hot debate, many have taken to social media to suggest that NYPD should employ Swedish officers in the future.

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