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Saudi weapons affair

Saudi start-up money linked to Swedish agency

Published torsdag 19 april 2012 kl 08.57

It was money from the Swedish Defence Research Agency (FOI) which was used to to start up a dummy company to handle Swedish dealings with Saudi Arabia in secret plans to set up a plant for the production of anti-tank weapons.

SSTI's founder Dick Sträng made the claim to public broadcaster Swedish Radio, which first broke the story of Project Simoom and the creation of SSTI as a dummy company to take care of dealings with Saudi Arabia in order to avoid any direct links to FOI and the government.

"It is clear that this money came from FOI," Dick Sträng told Ekot.

Sträng has previously declined to talk about the financing of SSTI.

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