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Investigation continues into death of 13-year-old

The investigation into the death of a 13-year-old girl, who was found murdered Saturday afternoon in Stockholm, continued on Monday, with two brothers remaining the prime suspects.

Investigation continues into death of 13-year-old
Man released in murdered 13

Two brothers were arrested in the Stockholm suburb of Täby shortly after the girl was found dead inside a block of flats.

One of the two suspects, a 31-year-old man, was seriously injured when jumping from a window on the third floor.

Anton Strand, the suspected killer’s lawyer, would not comment on his client’s condition, or his response to the allegations.

Martin Cullberg, the lawyer of the 28-year-old brother, maintains that his client denies the crime.

Prosecutor Ewa Tvengström, who is leading the murder investigation, would not give information about the possible motive or the details surrounding Saturday’s incident.

“I don’t have much to say. It is an ongoing investigation and investigative measures are being taken now,” she told the TT news agency.

The younger brother will be questioned over the course of Monday afternoon. According to Tvengström it is not yet clear whether his 31-year-old brother is in any state to be interrogated.

“That’s one of the things I am trying to find out right now,” she said.

Students and staff at the girl’s school have placed candles and flowers by the flagpole on the school yard in her honour.

“They’re all reacting in different ways. Many feel sorrow, shock, and that it can’t really have happened,” said the school principal to TT.

The school day began with everyone gathering in the canteen to talk about what has happened and how the students can receive help in dealing with the grief.

Many were already aware of the death of their friend.

In one of the classrooms the students have been given the opportunity to write messages in a book, to light candles and to leave flowers.

“We have focussed on giving support to our students and we will be monitoring them closely to see that they are able to deal with the grief,” said the principal to TT.

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Swedish court clears former Swedbank CEO of fraud charges

Birgitte Bonnesen, a former CEO of Swedish bank Swedbank, has been acquitted of charges of fraud and sharing insider information.

Swedish court clears former Swedbank CEO of fraud charges

The ruling from the Stockholm District Court comes four years after the eruption of a money laundering scandal implicating the bank.

In 2019, Swedish public service broadcaster SVT alleged that at least 40 billion kronor (equivalent at the time to $4.4 billion) of suspicious and high-risk transactions had been channelled to Baltic countries, notably Estonia, from Swedbank accounts.

The revelations, which saw the bank’s share price crumble, rendered Bonnesen’s position untenable and she was fired.

Sweden’s financial regulator the following year fined the bank some 360 million euros and warned it to follow anti-money laundering laws.

Prosecutors later charged Bonnesen, accusing her of “intentionally or by aggravated negligence” providing false or misleading information about the steps the bank had taken to prevent and detect suspected money laundering.

Bonnesen, who risked two years in prison, denied all of the charges against her.

The court said that while some of the statements the former CEO made to media outlets had been “unclear and incomplete”, they did not amount to fraud.

“For criminal liability, it is not enough for someone to make a false statement or omit key information,” judge Malou Lindblom said, adding that any statement needed to be sufficient to influence recipients “in a certain direction”.

Bonnesen was also cleared of charges of revealing insider information by informing the bank’s main owners that the investigative documentary was coming.

The court said the former CEO had only revealed what she believed the documentary would cover, which was deemed too “imprecise” to be considered insider information.

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