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Gothenburg bribery scandal

Sentenced to 6 months for accepting bribes

Published torsdag 28 april 2011 kl 18.32

Gothenburg prosecutor Nils-Eric Schultz won the first round in the Gothenburg bribery trial as Olle Lundgren, former head of municipal housing company Poseidon, was convicted of accepting bribes and sentenced to six months in prison.  

Lundgren was charged after it was discovered that he had accepted almost 24 tonnes of bricks indented for private use from a company that also had contracts with the municipality. The incident happened in 2003 when Lundgren was the head of Poseidon and in a position to give out lucrative contracts.

“A well balanced judgment,” prosecutor Schultz called it but Lundgren’s defence attorney, Anders Munck, disagreed.

“It is strange that the crime is considered severe, especially since it is a very small amount of money involved,” he told news agency TT. “It is also remarkable that the district court sentenced him to prison, and we will file an appeal as soon as possible.”

Prosecutors are currently investigating ten other similar cases with at least 19 suspects and Schultz believes at least four of those cases will lead to trail.

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