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As yet, no investigation into the top politicians' bidding journey


No reports have yet been received or any investigation has been initiated on the grounds of Ulf Kristerssons (M), Nyamko Sabunis (L) and Ebba Busch Thors (KD) went on an invitation trip to Tel Aviv. This is stated by Kim Andrews, chief prosecutor at the National Corruption Office.

Several party leaders as well as parliamentary politicians have traveled to Tel Aviv to take part in the party fixer Micael Bindefeld's 60-year celebration, which was met with sharp criticism. Bindefeld invites top politicians to the multi-day stay in Israel. There are other politicians who have received an invitation but have refused. There are also many celebrities who have agreed to come to Tel Aviv.

Olle Lundin, professor of administrative law at Uppsala University and expert on bribery and corruption, has said that a prosecutor should look at the events when he considers that there is a possibility that it is a bribery offense.

Nothing concrete to investigate

Kim Andrews is chief prosecutor at the National Anti-Corruption Unit. He says that no reports have been received about the incident at this time.

- There is no investigation going on right now, he says.

What do you need to start an investigation?

- No concrete allegation of crime and we have nothing concrete to go on as it looks now. This is not really an unusual situation, says Kim Andrews to SVT.

Required service relationship for bribe

However, he does not entirely rule out that the issue may be investigated.

"If they have said that they are friends, and there is nothing against it, it will not be anything," said Andrews in a previous interview with TT.

He emphasizes in the same interview that there must be a service relationship for a gift to be counted as a bribe. In this case, it means that a member of parliament can benefit a person through his or her position of power. This means that if the motive for inviting someone on a trip is based on a friendship relationship, it is not criminal.

"Reasonable for a prosecutor to look at it"

Olle Lundin, professor of administrative law at Uppsala University, believes that a prosecutor should investigate the trips.

- It is reasonable for a prosecutor to look into this, if it may be a matter of bribery, he tells Aftonbladet.

He says that what is crucial is how the friendship relationship between the top politicians and the party fixer Bindefeld.

Source: svt

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