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Sweden aiding Saudis with arms - report

2012-03-06 17:14

Stockholm - Sweden has in secret been helping Saudi Arabia plan the construction of an arms factory to produce anti-tank missiles, public broadcaster Swedish Radio reported on Tuesday.

The Swedish Defence Research Agency (FOI) has helped Saudi Arabia since 2007, though construction on "Project Simoom" has yet to begin, the radio said citing hundreds of classified documents and interviews with key players.

Sweden has in the past sold weapons to Saudi Arabia, but classified government documents state that Project Simoom "pushes the boundaries of what is possible for a Swedish authority", the radio said.

"The fact that an authority such as FOI is involved in the planning of a weapons factory for a government in a dictatorship such as Saudi Arabia is quite unique," the radio said.

FOI director general Jan-Olof Lind denied the existence of the project.

"We do not have a project agreement with that country," he told the radio.

Confirmation

Asked specifically if there has been a Project Simoom with Saudi Arabia, Lind replied: "No. And I do not wish to comment on discussions that may or may not have occurred between Sweden and Saudi Arabia. These discussions are classified."

But several former FOI employees confirmed the existence of the project to Swedish Radio, including Dick Straeng who led the project until 2010 and was one of Lind's closest colleagues.

"If I were to contradict your claims I would have to say that the documents you are showing me are fakes, and they are not," he said when presented with the classified material.

He said the Swedish government was fully aware of the plans.

"Here is a document that the director general signed and sent to the ministry," he said.

No comment

The defence ministry refused to comment on the radio's report because of the classified nature of the project.

"I can't comment on the co-operation," state secretary Haakan Jevrell told the radio.

Swedish Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt had only a brief comment on Tuesday.

"The government is responsible for ensuring that legislation and regulations are in place and followed, and I presume that the responsible authorities have respected the law," he told news agency TT.

Comments
  • Fidel - 2012-03-06 18:06

    Doctrines of social justice are vacuous with a declining economy.

      Anthony - 2012-03-06 18:14

      I doubt very much, you believe all this BS yourself !!!

      Fidel - 2012-03-06 18:24

      Don't you have anything to say regarding this story other than being a nuisance.

      Anthony - 2012-03-06 18:32

      What do you want me to tell you, You fill these sites up with the most unbelievable BS, and than you want me to take you serious ???????????

      nowicki1 - 2012-03-06 22:10

      "Those who are able to see beyond the shadows and lies of their culture will never be understood, let alone believed, by the masses." -- Plato

      nowicki1 - 2012-03-06 22:11

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  • Gerhard - 2012-03-06 18:29

    Sweden sells weapons to whoever they like. So does SA.

      Anthony - 2012-03-06 18:38

      Off course they do, only the dumb and the ignorant want to get some political millage out of the arms trade. Any country that produces arms, sells it to anyone who has the cash!!! Just see how much the BUTCHER FROM DAMASCUS has purchased from Russia and Iran , just in the last few months!!!!

      Fidel - 2012-03-06 21:38

      And to think that the US sold WMD to Saddam who used them to gas Iranians and his own people. Scum indeed!

      Anthony - 2012-03-06 23:55

      That is true, but WHY go back 30 years ???? Right on THIS DAY, the Iranians and the Russians, are shipping in tons of military hardware into Syria. Believe me, they are not making hamburgers of this stuff. It is used to KILL people. I tell you why,you like to confuse !!!! It is because , YOU will decide who is scum, and which scum fits in your childish disturbed anti Western thoughts. You are bloated with self importance, but you are no more than a bullsh.tter !!!!!!

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