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Crime

Scania CEO called for questioning

Published onsdag 19 januari 2011 kl 11.01
Scania's CEO Leif Östling.

The CEO of Swedish truck manufacturer Scania, Leif Östling, will been called for questioning as part of an ongoing investigation into the company’s operations in Iraq, during Saddam Hussein’s reign. The company has been accused of breaking UN Sanctions and paying bribes to the dictator.

Chief prosecutor Nils-Eric Schultz told business daily Dagens Industri that he will question Östling as soon as possible.

If convicted the crime could give as much as four years in prison, but the problem is to prove that money changed hands and that Östling or other company executives knew about it.

A spokesman for Scania told Radio Sweden in late November that the company welcomes any decision in the case since it has been dragging on for several years.

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