Stefan Kristiansson, former head of military inttelligence agency MUST. Photo: Lars Pehrson/Scanpix.

Spy boss questioned about Saudi deal

Stefan Kristiansson, former director of Swedish military intelligence agency MUST, is being questioned today by the parliament's Committee on the Constitution regarding the agency's role in a plan to build a weapons factory in Saudi Arabia.

At the heart of the controversy is a yellow plastic bag containing SEK 250,000 which was delivered in 2008 by a MUST agent to a senior member of the Swedish Defense Research Agency (FOI).

The money was to be used to start a covert company called SSTI . The company was meant to manage a project to build an advanced weapons plant in the Saudi Arabian desert, in apparent contravention of the Swedish governmment's policy of not selling arms to dictatorships.

Stefan Kristiansson has previously declined to answer questions by Swedish Radio regarding the issue. Military officials have denied knowlege that the money would be used to establish a decoy company.

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