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Updated: Aug 28, 2022

In 2012, the Swedish Prosecutor’s Office initiated an investigation into Telia Company AB (better known as TeliaSonera) into the relationship between TeliaSonera and Takilant Ltd. via Telia subsidiary Coscom LLC. In 2013, the US Department of Justice requested Swedish assistance in seizing “$30,450,000 of criminal proceeds on deposit in an account at Nordea Bank in Sweden” which the Stockholm District Court did whilst the case was being investigated. On 22 January 2013, the Stockholm district court decided to freeze a further $277 million in assets belonging to Takilant Ltd. In 2017, an application for summons was sent to the Stockholm District Court against three TeliaSonera executives who were accused of bribery, felony, and secondly aiding and abetting. This document outlines the details of TeliaSonera's dealings with Takilant Ltd. The executives were acquitted in 2019, a ruling that was upheld again in 2021. These rulings are understood to be a result of a narrow definition of bribery in Swedish law, loopholes that were then addressed alongside recommendations by the OECD in 2012. TeliaSonera is also the subject of US litigation wherein the company was found guilty (September 2017) of paying US $331 million in bribes to Karimova.


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