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Police officer assaulted by gang in central southern Sweden

A police officer was assaulted by a gang in central southern Sweden on Wednesday evening after a patrol was called out to deal with a fight.

Police officer assaulted by gang in central southern Sweden
Two members of the group have been apprehended for violence against a public servant. File photo: Johan Nilsson/TT

The injured officer had to stay in hospital overnight after being hit several times on the face and upper body. 

“From what I understand, the injuries aren't too serious,” Ulf Andersson from the town's police station told TT, but he was unable to give any further details about the officer's condition.

Police were called to a transport centre in central Skövde at around 8.45 pm on Wednesday after receiving reports of a group of young people behaving disruptively.

“We sent officers there and the first patrol that arrived was met with resistance, above all from two members of the group. It ended with one of the officers being assaulted and it's being treated as violence against a public servant,” said Morten Gunneng, the inspector on duty.

The second patrol which arrived at the scene was also attacked by the gang, and the unrest was only stopped when further officers arrived.

Two people aged between 30 to 35 have been apprehended for violence against a public servant, and a further two have been called in for questioning. It is still unclear what the argument was about.

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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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