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Politicians were misled about Saudi arms Business

Wednesday, 21 March 2012
The politicians in the Export Control Council who are appointed to check about the Swedish arms exports were misled about the Swedish FOI front company created to mask the connection the Swedish defence had to do with plans for a weapons factory in Saudi Arabia.

Lars Angstrom of the Green Party, representative on the Council, told radio Sweden of the dribbling by FOI and also that the management of the Inspectorate of Strategic Products (ISP) knew about the link between the company and FOI, but did not tell the politicians.

“They ought to have been told,” says member, Bjorn Leivik of the Moderate Party.
A delegation from Saudi Arabia in 2009 visited the Swedish armed forces top secret command centre in Bålsta outside Stockholm. No unauthorized person can see the facility, which during war time it should be used to control Swedish troops.
“You and I must not get in there, but they were admitted. Unbelievable,” says a source from the armed forces to tabloid news paper, Expressen.

In a letter from the then Swedish ambassador to Saudi Arabia, Jan Thesleff, to representatives of the Saudi royal family, which the newspaper published on Wednesday, it states that "a number of underground facilities with different functions," were visited by the Saudi delegation.
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