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Swedish man wanted for murder in Norway

A 20-year-old man from Uppsala is being sought internationally by Norwegian police for the suspected murder of a 24-year-old man in Oslo.

Swedish man wanted for murder in Norway
Oslo Police Inspector Grete Lien Metlid at Sunday's press conference. Photo: Lise Åserud / NTB scanpix / TT
“I can confirm that a Swedish citizen is wanted via Interpol in connection with the murder in Majorstuen,” Kristian Ljungberg of the Swedish National Police told Norwegian newspaper VG
 
Majorstuen is a predominately wealthy area just outside of downtown Oslo. 
 
“Police are working on the case, but we cannot give any further details because we don’t want to reveal our methods,” Ljungberg added.
 
At a Sunday press conference, Oslo Police said that the suspect in Monday’s fatal stabbing is from Uppsala. Police have reason to believe he left Norway after the murder and may have subsequently also fled Sweden, which is why they have issued an international arrest warrant.
 
Oslo Police said that the Uppsala man has some sort of connection to Norway and that a motive is suspected but declined to give further details on either account.
 
The 24-year-old male victim, Heikki Bjørklund Paltto, was found stabbed to death in a residence in Majorstuen on Monday. That same morning, there was also a knife-point robbery not far from the murder scene. The 20-year-old Swede is also the suspect in that case. 
 
The suspect has a criminal record in Sweden, with VG reporting that he had served an 18-month prison sentence on robbery charges. 
 

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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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