Sweden lodges bribery complaint against its Teheran
STOCKHOLM, April 7 (AFP) - Sweden's Foreign Ministry has taken the
unusual step of lodging a formal complaint with police here against its
embassy in Teheran over allegations of bribery, ministry officials confirmed
This followed reports in the daily paper Dagens Nyheter that personnel
at the embassy in Iran had taken bribes in return for delivering Swedish
visas and residence permits.
It said there had also been attempts to bribe the Swedish immigration
office's representative in Teheran by people trying to get into Sweden.
There was no immediate word on whom the complaints were against among
the seven diplomatic staff and 15 local Iranian employees.
Dag Klackenberg, the ministry's foreign missions director, told TT
news agency: "Our inspectors have returned from Teheran and the findings
in their report have led to this decision."
Mats Marling, Sweden's ambassador in Iran, said in a television interview
here that the procedure was "unusual" but would not disrupt
the functioning of the embassy in Teheran.