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25 years since Bofors bribery affair with India revealed

Weapons bribery scandal leaked by policeman

Published onsdag 25 april 2012 kl 17.57

Police officer Sten Lindström, the man behind the leak to Indian media that led to the uncovering of a bribe between India and Swedish weapons manufacturer Bofors, has stepped forward to give his reasons for tipping an Indian journalist 25 years ago.

The Bofors scandal centred on India’s purchase of 410 field howitzers from weapons manufacturer Bofors in 1986 and tens of millions of dollars in bribes that Bofors paid for the 1.3 billion US dollar contract.

Swedish Radio exposed the Bofors scandal in Sweden 25 years ago.

Lindström, formerly an investigator with the economic crimes unit, worked on the investigation.

“I could not count on my own Government, Bofors or India’s Government getting to the bottom of this. My only alternative was to leak the documents to someone I could trust,” Lindström told Indian news site thehoot.org.

Lindström gave more than 350 documents to the Indian journalist Chitra Subramanian-Duella who has now interviewed his old source on thehoot.org.

Lindström says he has come forward now because 25 years is a good milestone.

The Swedish Peace and Arbitration Society was a driving force in the Bofors affair for several years. Anna Ek, the organisation’s chairperson, is thrilled.

“It’s sensational that the information about the largest bribery scandal in Swedish and Indian history was leaked by a police officer. Sten Lindström should be congratulated for contributing to shedding light on this bribery affair between India and Bofors,” Ek told TT.

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