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Man arrested for murdering wife

A man in Malmberget in northern Sweden has been arrested on suspicion of murdering his common-law wife in their home.

The woman was rushed with serious injuries to Gällivare hospital in the early hours of Sunday morning where she was declared dead.

“Doctors ascertained that she was dead,” said Erik Kummo at Norrbotten police.

According to the officer ambulance staff who had been called to the couple’s home had made repeated attempts to resuscitate the woman.

Police were called to the home shortly after 3am on Sunday and arrested the man. He is now being held on suspicion of murder.

“I don’t know if it was the man himself or someone else who made the alarm call,” Kummo said.

The officer did not want to go into detail regarding the type of violence the woman was subjected to nor what can have been the underlying motives for the killing. He was neither willing to confirm the arrested man nor the dead woman’s ages.

“But there is a large age difference between them,” he said.

The apartment was cordoned off and police technicians conducted an examination of the scene later on Sunday.

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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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