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Drunk ‘admits murder’ to get ride home with cops

A woman from western Sweden is facing a hefty fine after she tried to get a free lift home by telling police she had just committed a murder.

Drunk 'admits murder' to get ride home with cops
Stranded drunk woman calls cops, invents murder for ride home

The woman, who is 50 years old, called the police after a big night of drinking in Gothenburg, western Sweden, on the day after Christmas.

“I was too drunk to make my own way home,” the woman told police during an interrogation, according to the Göteborgs-Posten (GP) newspaper.

She then told the emergency operators on the other end of the line that she was calling to turn herself in after having killed her neighbour.

The drunken woman then provided operators with details of where she could be found.

However, when police arrived on the scene, they immediately realized that no killing had occurred, and that the intoxicated woman was bluffing for a free police escort home.

But the police failed to find the humour in the woman’s drunk-dial ruse and dropped the woman off at a detox centre instead of her apartment.

The woman now faces trial for making false alarms to the police.

Gothenburg police demand the woman pay 1,700 kronor ($244) to compensate for the police resources wasted by the woman’s attempt to use a police car as her own personal taxi service..

In addition, the prosecutor is proposing the woman be fined of 2,000 kronor as an additional punishment.

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Swedish spy scandal: Two brothers jailed for passing secrets to Russia

A Swedish court has locked a Swedish-Iranian man up for life – and sentenced his brother to almost ten years in jail – in what's been described as the most serious spy scandal in modern Swedish history.

Swedish spy scandal: Two brothers jailed for passing secrets to Russia

Stockholm District Court on Thursday sentenced Peyman Kia, 42, to life in jail and his brother Payam Kia, 35, to nine years and ten months for aggravated espionage.

Peyman Kia is a former intelligence official who worked for Sweden’s security police, Säpo, as well as the Swedish Armed Forces and their military intelligence service, Must, for years.

The brothers had “together and in concertation, illegally and for the benefit of Russia and the GRU, acquired, transmitted and disclosed information whose disclosure to a foreign power could harm Sweden’s security”.

The court found Peyman Kia guilty of gathering some 90 classified documents through his jobs.

His brother was meanwhile found guilty of planning the crime and managing contacts with the GRU, passing on about 45 of the classified documents.

They were arrested in 2021, several years after Säpo first suspected a mole in its organisation and counter-intelligence began investigating Peyman Kia.

The pair have been held in custody since their arrest. Both denied the charges.

Peyman Kia was handed a life sentence for carrying out espionage “of the most serious category”, judge Måns Wigén said, adding that he had taken advantage of his employment as an intelligence official to aid Russia.

“Russia is the biggest threat to Sweden’s security. As far as foreign power go, acts of espionage to help Russia must therefore be considered as the most serious,” states the court judgment, seen by The Local.

Despite a trove of evidence including USB sticks, laptops, hard discs and mobile phones, the court acknowledged that there was much it had not been able to ascertain.

“After studying the evidence, it is clear that some pieces of the puzzle are missing and it has therefore not been possible to establish with certainty what has happened”, it wrote in a statement.

Possible money motive

The court speculated that the brothers may have been motivated by money.

Among other things, it found that Peyman Kia handled cash worth around 550,000 kronor (almost $50,000) in 2016-2017, more than 80 percent of it in US dollars, which it said was likely payment from Russia for the classified documents.

Much of the investigation and court hearing, and Thursday’s full court ruling, was considered classified information and therefore not made available to the public.

The trial coincides with another spectacular spying case believed to have benefited Russia involving a couple of Russian origin arrested last year at their home in a Stockholm suburb in a police helicopter raid at dawn.

Moscow allegedly installed the couple, named by the Bellingcat investigative website as Sergei Skvortsov and Elena Koulkova, as sleeper agents in the late 1990s.

According to Swedish media, the pair managed specialist import-export companies dealing in electronic components and industrial technology.

Skvortsov was placed in temporary custody in November for “illegal intelligence activities” while his companion was detained on suspicion of complicity before being released although she remains a person of interest in the investigation.

Swedish authorities say the case is not linked to that of the Kia brothers.

Article by AFP’s Pia Ohlin, with quote from court judgment added by The Local

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