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Säpo avoids fine for James Bond party

3 Nov 2012, 11:10

Published: 03 Nov 2012 11:10 GMT+01:00

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The fancy party took place in June 2011 and had a guest list of around 1,000 people. In contravention of the law, the contract for the event was never put out to tender.

The publication Riksdag & Departement announced on its website that the Competion Authority has decided not to pursue an investigation into the James Bond party.

As a reason they cited the fact that they were notified about the events too late. The grace period to apply for a fine for unlawful tender ran out in the summer of 2012. Details of the costly party only emerged in the end of August 2012 when the Dagens Nyheter newspaper (DN) broke the story.

At the secret party, intelligence staff enjoyed a gala dinner and gambled with fake money in a casino. There were treated to performances by dance troupes, comedians and a big band which is also the Nobel party house band.

Several well-known Swedish artists and media figures entertained the guests at the party which was planned under the code name "Project Åland", after the Baltic Sea island.

The decoration alone cost 400,000 kronor.

The head of Säpo Anders Thornberg told DN that the party was a perk for staff members who were under pressure after a particularly stressful year. They had dealt with terror threats, a suicide bombing and a company reorganization.

The party was organized by former Säpo head Anders Danielsson, who is now the Director General of the Swedish Migration Board (Migrationsverket).

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It was expected that Säpo would face inspection and a potential court order to pay a fine for failing to put the party contract out to tender.

The Competition Authority insisted that the decision to write off the case was not about taking sides.

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Your comments about this article

13:04 November 3, 2012 by Mb 65
This is where our tax money is going. but there is no money for Pensioners. hospitals.
19:52 November 3, 2012 by sgt_doom
What incredible and inexcusable state authorized corruption!!!!

No wonder.....


I bet the list of Swedes is even longer than the list of Greek tax dodgers?

05:13 November 4, 2012 by Grokh
no money for ambulances to do their jobs and sick people to get better help.

but fear not säpo has good costume parties so its ok /facepalm

some people should really get fired for such incompetence.
13:39 November 4, 2012 by diegoveggie
haha of course they have to 'play' at being james bonds. säpo agents are obviously really good at spending tax money in stupid useless parties but extremely bad at secrecy
08:35 November 5, 2012 by robban70226
shame hame shame, prorities?
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