Court acquits Telia bosses in Uzbek bribery case

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A Stockholm court acquitted three former bosses from the telecoms giant Telia on Friday for corruption charges stemming from deals made in Uzbekistan.

The three were accused of paying billions of kronor in bribes to the former Uzbek dictator Islam Karimova’s daughter Gulnara Karimova between 2007 and 2010 in exchange for telecom licenses.

The ruling didn’t take the legal community by surprise since it was based on anti-corruption legislation from 2007. In it, only persons with formal ties to the government in question can be considered bribe-takers, which disqualified the president’s daughter.

It’s unclear how the Telia verdict could affect future anti-corruption cases. Natali Phalén, seceretary general at the Swedish Anti-Corruption Institute, criticised the ineffectiveness of the legislation in getting to the bottom of the Telia case.

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