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CRIME

Nobel prize file was stolen

Published onsdag 23 februari 2011 kl 15.18
Professor Göran Hansson. Photo:Leif R Jansson/Scanpix

The Nobel prize committee admitted on Wednesday that secret documents listing several potential candidates for the 2010 Nobel prize in Medicine, including the eventual winner, test tube pioneer Robert Edwards, had been left in the car of a committee member and were stolen later that evening.

Göran Hansson, the head of the Nobel committee for Medicine told AFP that the file, listing the pros and cons of several candidates, including Robert Edwards, had been  "kept in a briefcase locked in the baggage compartment of the car" of a committee member.

The documents were stolen last Spring, months before a final decision on the winner was made in October.

Swedish daily Svenska Dagbladet (SvD) did a large spread on Edwards ahead of the announcement, reporting he would be the winner, but the paper said that their information had nothing to do with any stolen papers.

Göran Hansson said the committee had taken additional security measures since the theft to ensure that the Nobel jury's deliberations remain confidential.

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