Second suspect arrested in spying case in Sweden: report

One person was arrested on suspicion of aggravated espionage in central Sweden on Tuesday, in a case linked to a state official arrested in September on suspicion of unauthorized handling of secret information.

Mats Ljungqvist, prosecutor in the National Security Unit of the Swedish Public Prosecutor’s Office, told the Swedish newspaper Today news (DN) who could not say anything more about the case, saying that “it is a very sensitive matter.”

DN He reported that documents from the Stockholm District Court showed that the newly arrested suspect is part of the same case as the official arrested in September.

In September, the Swedish Aftonbladet newspaper, reported the arrest of a Swedish citizen, originally from Iran, who worked in the past for the Swedish Security Service (S√ĄPO) and the Swedish Armed Forces. The man was working in security and data protection at the Swedish National Food Agency when he was arrested, according to reports.

The suspect arrested in September reportedly denies the crimes of which he is suspected. He was born in Iran, but moved to Sweden as a child. It is unclear whether he is suspected of spying for Iran or another country.

A police vehicle is seen in Hallby Prison, outside Eskilstuna, Sweden, on July 21, 2021 (Credit: Per Karlsson / TT News Agency / via REUTERS)

According to DN, allegedly committed the crime during the nine years that he worked in the security service and the Armed Forces. While he was arrested on suspicion of unauthorized manipulation of secret information, there are reportedly still suspicions that he spied for a foreign power.

The man was an employee of the Swedish Military Intelligence and Security Service (MUST) from March 2011 to September 2014, specifically at the KSI, Special Acquisitions Office in the service, one of MUST’s most secretive units, DN revealed on Tuesday.

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