STOCKHOLM May 21 Swedish prosecutors have
detained the former chief executive of bankrupt car maker Saab
and two others in an investigation into suspected tax offences
relating to the running of the company, officials said on
In documents released by Vanersborg court in western Sweden,
home to the former car maker, the prosecutor said former chief
executive Jan-Ake Jonsson, former chief financial officer
Karl-Gustav Lindstrom and former chief legal officer Kristina
Geers had been detained for questioning in the investigation.
"All of them will in the afternoon face further questioning
and a decision will be made about whether they need to be kept
in detention," Olof Sahlgren, chief prosecutor at the Swedish
financial crimes unit, said in a statement.
None of the defendants or their lawyers was immediately
available for comment.
Lawyers for Geers and Lindstrom denied their clients' guilt
to public radio.
"I am shocked and saddened that she (Geers) was detained,"
Geers' lawyer Bengt-Erik Sik told local radio.
The prosecutor said in the documents that all three were
suspected of having taken part in creating obstructions to
proper tax checks over the years 2010 to 2011, a time when Saab
was sold by General Motors to Dutch group Spyker, and when
problems which led to its collapse were emerging.
Saab, a maker of cars since 1947, crashed into bankruptcy at
the end of 2011, less than two years after General Motors
sold it to Dutch sportscar group Spyker.
Spyker soon hit financing problems and spent months
stitching together deals with Chinese companies.
GM, which retained licensing rights and operates in China in
a partnership with state-run automaker SAIC Motor Corp Ltd
, late in 2011 effectively blocked deals with other
Spyker has filed to sue GM for $3 billion, saying it
deliberately let Saab go under. GM has rejected the allegation.