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Former Saab CEO and his associates appear in court

Jan Åke Jonsson, former CEO of Saab Automobile AB

The Swedish Tax Agency (Skatteverket) handed in a report to the police in May 2013 about their suspicions that Jan-Åke Jonsson and two others had committed serious tax crimes. He was released later, but the criminal suspicions against him remain. He denies committing any crimes.

But Yesterday, Swedish car maker Saab’s former CEO Jan Åke Jonsson and the firm’s former head lawyer Kristina Geers have appeared in court in Vänersborg in west Sweden, accused of falsifying financial documents shortly before the company went bankrupt in 2011.

Jan Ake Jonsson & Victor Muller of Saab with Ian Robertson of BMW

Jan Ake Jonsson & Victor Muller of Saab with Ian Robertson of BMW – Saab & BMW engine agreement from 2013 when  Saab arranging to purchase gasoline engines from BMW for then new (2012) Saab 9-3.

The pair are accused of falsifying the paperwork at the height of the Swedish company’s financial difficulties at the start of the decade.

A third person – who has not been named in the Swedish media – is accused of assisting them by issuing false invoices adding up to a total of 30 million kronor ($3.55m).

According to court documents, the charges relate to the firm’s business in Ukraine and the paperwork in question was signed just before former CEO Jan Åke Jonsson resigned.

Both Jonsson and Saab’s former head lawyer Kristina Geers have admitted signing the papers but denied knowledge of the Ukranian firm implicated in the case.

All three suspects deny all the charges against them.

Saab filed for bankruptcy at the end of 2011, after teetering on the edge of collapse for nearly two years.Chief prosecutor Olof Sahlgren told the court in Vänersborg on Wednesday that the alleged crimes took place in March 2011, when Saab was briefly owned by the Dutch company Spyker Cars.


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