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Suspect admits being ‘involved’ in teen death

A 31-year-old suspect arrested over the killing of a 13-year-old girl in the Stockholm suburb of Täby on Saturday was remanded into custody on Tuesday under suspicion of murder.

Suspect admits being 'involved' in teen death
A memorial at the Täby apartment

“My client admits some responsibilty, at least for aggravated assault and manslaughter. That basically means he admits to having been involved in events that have led to the girl’s death,” the man’s lawyer Anton Strand told daily Dagens Nyheter (DN) on Tuesday.

Martin Cullberg, the lawyer of the younger brother, had maintained on Monday that his client denied the crime, leading to the 28-year-old’s release during the evening. However, he is now suspected of protecting a criminal.

The two brothers, neighbours of the murdered girl, were both initially arrested shortly after the girl was found dead inside a block of flats.

The older brother had to be treated in hospital after jumping from a window on the third floor of the apartment to escape police making arrests.

Prosecutor Ewa Tvengström, leading the murder investigation, explained at the time of the arrests that the man’s injuries at first prevented a speedy investigation.

But on Tuesday the 31-year-old was remanded into custody by the Attunda District Court under suspicion of murder.

Tvengström couldn’t say why the 31-year-old had attacked his young neighbour.

“But we have an idea what lead up to the event,” she told news agency 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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