No prosecution in Saudi weapons scandal
Prosecutors have decided not to file any charges against the Swedish Defence Research Agency following the scandal surrounding the Swedish weapons deal with Saudi Arabia.
In early March Swedish Radio News revealed that the defence research institute (FOI) had set up a shell company in order to establish a weapons factory in Saudi Arabia. The start-up money was paid, in cash, by the Swedish military intelligence service, Must.
Prosecutors now say, however, that there is no evidence that a so-called "breach of trust" has occurred, even though there is proof that the money came from FOI, and was handed over in cash. There has to be evidence that the aim of the operation was to harm the FOI for the law to have been broken, the prosecutor says.
Sweden's then defence minister, Sten Tolgfors, resigned soon after the revelations about the scandal were made public.