Swedish prosecutors suspect crimes may have been committed by the Swedish Defence Research Agency (FOI), which devised secret plans to help construct a weapons factory in the dictatorship of Saudi Arabia. On Wednesday, prosecutors announced a preliminary investigation into the affair.
Two weeks ago, Swedish radio news revealed that former FOI employees founded a front company SSTI in 2009 to deal specifically with the weapons factory project.
The prosecutors will be investigating FOI’s dealings with the project, which was referred to as “Simoom” internally.
Jan-Olof Lind, the director general of FOI, reported the agency to the prosecutors.
“I take the reports that have come to my knowledge very seriously. They are the reason I am reporting FOI,” Jan-Olof Lind says in a press release.