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Man killed by grenade in Stockholm suburb ‘thought it was a toy’

The son of a man killed after picking up a hand grenade in a Stockholm suburb says his father thought the object was a toy.

Man killed by grenade in Stockholm suburb 'thought it was a toy'
Flowers left at the spot where the man was killed. Photo: Tomas Oneborg/SvD/TT

The 60-year-old man was killed in an explosion at Vårby gård station in southwest Stockholm on Sunday afternoon. He found out the details of how it happened after talking with his dad’s partner, who was present when the grenade exploded.

“She told me that he thought it was a toy and picked it up. Then it detonated,” the son told tabloid Aftonbladet.

“It's so unfair that an innocent man is dead just because someone dropped or placed a hand grenade there.”

READ ALSO: Stockholm blast was a hand grenade, police confirm

The victim's son, who lives in Chile, said his father did not feel safe going out at night in the area.

“I've been told now that there was a shooting the evening before. There must be people who know or have seen something to do with this grenade,” he said, pleading for anyone with information to go to the police.

Following the explosion on Sunday police said the man who died was unlikely to have been purposely targeted.

Vårby gård is one of the suburbs in Sweden classified as ‘vulnerable’ by the police, defined as somewhere “characterized by a low socio-economic status where criminals have an impact on the local community”.

READ ALSO: 'Especially vulnerable areas' increase in Sweden

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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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