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Government "not answering" investigators' questions on Saudi arms deal

Published måndag 11 mars 2013 kl 17.27
Constitutional Committee Chair Peter Eriksson

The chair of the parliament's constitutional committee says that they are having a hard time investigating the government's role in setting up a weapon's plant in Saudi Arabia.

Committee leader Peter Eriksson, of the Green Party, says that "it is hardest when we get to the level of party leaders, the prime minister and the centre of the Cabinet Office. Then the government is rather reluctant to give proper answers to our questions."

Eriksson says to Swedish Radio News that even written requests are sometimes unanswered, or given only a meagre response.

Around a year ago Swedish Radio's investigative team revealed that the Ministry of Defence's research organisation, the FOI, had created a shell company in order to set up a weapons facility in Saudi Arabia. The then Defence Minister, Sten Tolgfors, resigned, saying that the media attention had contributed to his decision to quit.

The parliament's Constitutional Committee (KU) is still investigating whether government figures, including Sten Tolgfors, acted in accordance with the rules. But the committee's chair says to Swedish Radio that they are having an unusually hard time collecting the information they need.

The current Defence Minister, Karin Enström, says that she assumes that her department is helping the committee as best it can.

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