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Ministers who failed to pay TV licence face court action

Published fredag 13 oktober 2006 kl 12.24
Foreign Trade Minister Maria Borelius, one of those who didn't pay up

Legal proceedings have begun against three ministers in Sweden’s new government who have all admitted not bothering to pay their TV licence in the past.

The authority which collects payments on behalf of Sweden’s public service radio and television decided to contact the police after consulting with lawyers.

Minister for Foreign Trade, Maria Borelius, who also admitted this week that she used to employ a nanny illegally, has only missed payments for a short time. But Culture Minister Cecilia Stegö Chilò and Migration minister Tobias Billström haven’t paid for years. All three could now end up with fines.

Meanwhile as the media exposes one financial scandal after another surrounding the new government, it is now reported that Maria Borelius is also suspected of breaking Swedish finance rules.

She is accused of taking too long to inform the Swedish Financial Supervisory Authority about shares she sold in a company whose board she sat on. She now faces a two thousand US dollar fine.

It has also been revealed her summer cottage in south-west Sweden is officially owned by a company registered in the British tax-haven Jersey, so she can avoid paying capital gains tax.

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