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Six Glock-17 pistols stolen from building where Swedish PM works

Six Glock-17 pistols and 300 dumdum bullets have been stolen from the building that houses the offices of Sweden's prime minister, to the embarrassment of the country's government.

Six Glock-17 pistols stolen from building where Swedish PM works
Swedish prime minister Stefan Löfven stands outside the Rosenbad building for a press conference in 2014. Photo: Jonas Ekstömer/TT
“They don't want this to come out, it's all being hushed up,” a source told Dagens Juridik, Sweden's leading legal newspaper, which broke the story. 
 
The weapons and the ammunition were kept in a weapons cabinet in the Rosenbad building, next to Stockholm's Royal Palace. They were intended to be handed out to the buildings security guards in the event of a major security incident, such as a terror threat or attack. 
 
But when it were moved during the current renovation of the building, the arms cache disappeared. Securitas, the company responsible for the building's security and for the weapons cabinet, has so far not been able to find them despite an extensive search. 
 
“Someone has probably managed to get them out of the building,” Dagens Juridik's source said.  “The weapons are supposed to be signed out by whoever has them. No one knows how someone got inside the cabinet and took them.” 
 
The source said the disappearance of the dumdum bullets, which expand on impact to make a large wound, was perhaps more worrying than that of the pistols themselves. 
 
“It's ammunition which is created to do as much damage as possible,” the source said. 
The Glock-17 pistol is mostly made of  synthetic polymers. Photo: Steve Dock/MOD
 
Joanna Ljunggren, a press secretary for the Swedish Police Authority, confirmed that a police report had been filed over the case on October 25th.
 
The Swedish Government Offices (Regeringskansliet), which is also housed in the building, also confirmed that Securitas had reported an incident to the police. 
 
“The Swedish Government Offices has received information that one of our security contractors has made a police report,” said Cajsa Holm, the organization's press spokesperson. 
 
Stockholm city prosecutor Lucas Eriksson, meanwhile, confirmed that he was leading an investigation into a robbery from the Swedish Government Offices, but would give no further details of the case. 
 
As well as the offices of Prime Minister Stefan Löfven, the Rosenbad building holds the offices of Justice Minister Morgan Johansson. 
 
Stefan Löfven's press secretary Gösta Brunnander told the Expressen newspaper that the prime minister had no comments to make on the incident. 
 
 

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Swedish Huawei ban is legal, court rules

A Swedish ban on Chinese telecoms company Huawei was confirmed in court on Tuesday, citing the country's security as a just reason for banning its equipment in a 5G rollout.

Swedish Huawei ban is legal, court rules
Photo: AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein

The administrative court in Stockholm ruled that the decision of the Swedish telecoms authority, PTS, to ban the use of equipment from Chinese companies Huawei and ZTE in a new Swedish 5G telecom network last October — a move that irked Beijing — was legal.

Equipment already installed must also be removed by January 1st, 2025.

“Sweden’s security is an important reason and the administrative court has considered that it’s only the security police and the military that together have a full picture when it comes to the security situation and threats against Sweden,” judge Ulrika Melin said in a statement.

Huawei denounced the ruling, but did not say whether it would appeal.

“We are of course noting that there has been no evidence of any wrongdoings by Huawei which is being used as basis for this verdict, it is purely based on assumption,” Kenneth Fredriksen, the company’s vice-president for Central, Eastern Europe and the Nordic region, told AFP.

Huawei will now evaluate the decision and the “see what kind of actions we will take to protect our rights,” Fredriksen added.

After the UK in the summer of 2020, Sweden became the second country in Europe and the first in the EU to explicitly ban Huawei from almost all of the network infrastructure needed to run its 5G network.

Beijing had warned that PTS’ decision could have “consequences” for the Scandinavian country’s companies in China, prompting Swedish telecom giant and Huawei competitor Ericsson to worry about retaliation.

“We will continue to be available to have constructive dialogues with Swedish authorities to see if we can find pragmatic ways of taking care of security and at the same time keeping an open and fair market like Sweden has always been,” Fredriksen said.

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