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March 27, 2012 defense-aerospace.com


Military Intelligence Cash Used for Front Company

(Source: Radio Sweden; posted March 27, 2012)


The government's Defence Research Agency (FOI) borrowed cash from military intelligence services to set up a front company, SSTI, to facilitate dealings with Saudi Arabia for building a weapons factory there, a new Swedish Radio report reveals.


Erik Lagersten, press secretary at Swedish military headquarters, confirms that the internal intelligence services, Must, transferred money to FOI on several occasions but says no one there knows if it was used to set up SSTI.


"Our job is to help FOI and work together, so there is cooperation, but I can't tell you more because this is confidential," he says.


Sources tell Swedish Radio that SSTI had to be set up with cash, for unknown reasons but possibly to avoid a paper trail, and that is when FOI contacted Must for help.


The sources say the money was later repaid.


"Whether FOI have used the funds in an incorrect manner is a matter for the ongoing inquiry," Erik Lagersten adds. (ends)


Agency Head to Answer Questions in Parliament

(Source: Radio Sweden; posted March 26, 2012)


The head of the Defense Research Agency (FOI), Jan-Olof Lind, will appear before the Parliament's Defense committee on Tuesday to answer questions about his agency's involvement in planning a weapons factory in Saudi Arabia, according to news agency TT.


Lind has been interviewed once since Swedish Radio News reported that the institute had created a dummy company to set up the factory.


But Allan Widman, the Liberal party spokesperson for defense, suspects Lind will answer no questions about the affair, citing pre-trial secrecy.


Defense minister Sten Tolgofrs has said that the Defense Research Agency went too far with Saudi Arabia when it promised more than what the agency could deliver.


Tolgfors will also have to answer questions in parliament on Tuesday during a debate. "There you can go straight to the point and ask questions about the government's responsibility in all of this," Torbjörn Björlund, Left Party member in the Defense committee, tells news agency TT.

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