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Statements regarding the indictment for bribery against leading TeliaSonera officials

With reference to today’s decision by the Director of Public Prosecutions, Christer van der Kvast , to indict both TeliaSonera’s President and CEO, Anders Igel and the President of TeliaSonera Sweden, Marie Ehrling, for bribery in connection with an invitation to a customer gathering, the Chairman of TeliaSonera, Tom von Weymarn, would like to make the following statement:
“Customer events of the nature described in this action are a normal occurrence in any market and with this in mind I am amazed that the Director of Public Prosecutions has not decided to terminate his preliminary investigation. The Board and I have full confidence in Anders Igel and Marie Ehrling.”

Anders Igel and Marie Ehrling would like to make the following joint statement:

“It is surprising that the Director of Public Prosecutions has decided to go for an indictment in relation to the activity in question, an event which never even took place. Customer events of the type we had planned, where the attendees are also informed about the latest products and services, are a normal occurrence in Swedish business life. The objective is to strengthen the brand and further customer relations. This was the purpose for the invitation to the Mamma Mia performance. We consider that we acted in accordance with established practice.

It is unfortunate that in this area the law is so unclear that an indictment is necessary against private individuals to create some clarity in where the boundaries lie. We believe that it is a good idea to legally judge this issue so that we and other members of the Swedish business community know what is acceptable or not when applied to customer events. This is important not only for businesses in general but also for all those companies who work within the events industry, for example within sports, culture, hotel and restaurant trade.”

During the spring of 2005, TeliaSonera invited a number of customers to an event comprising information and demonstration of the latest products and services and a performance of the musical Mamma Mia at the Circus theatre in Stockholm. The event was cancelled when the investigation into alleged bribery began.

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TeliaSonera: Prosecutor Charges CEO Igel With Bribery

Swedish telecommunications operator TeliaSonera AB’s (TLSN.SK) chairman, Tom von Weymarn, said he remains confident in Chief Executive Anders Igel despite bribery charges being brought against him.

TeliaSonera said Sweden’s chief prosecutor, Christer van der Kwast, Wednesday decided to prosecute both Igel and Marie Ehrling, head of the operator’s Swedish operations, for alleged bribery in relation to a planned customer event in 2005.

Igel and Ehrling in a joint statement said the customer event was intended to strengthen TeliaSonera’s brand and customer relations.

Included in the planned event was a free dinner and a musical show for around 200 TeliaSonera customers – offers which the prosecutor considers to be bribery.

The customer event was canceled after the invitations became the subject of a police investigation in June last year.

“Customer events of this nature are common in the market and with that background I’m surprised the prosecutor didn’t close down the preliminary investigation,” said von Weymarn in a statement.

-By Magnus Hansson, Dow Jones Newswires; +46 8 545 130 91; magnus.hansson@ dowjones.com

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Abba invitation could lead to chiefs’ Waterloo

The chief executive of TeliaSonera, the Swedish telecoms company, is to be charged with bribery after inviting clients to see the musical Mamma Mia, which features the music of Abba, the 1970s Swedish pop group.

Anders Igel will be charged alongside Marie Ehrling, the head of the company’s operations in Sweden, after prosecutors decided that listening to Abba songs would have constituted “an unwarrantable reward for the recipients in the official discharge of their duties”.

The clients had been invited to a product demonstration in conjunction with a performance of the musical.

However, the event was cancelled after it emerged prosecutors had initiated an investigation.

The charges highlight the growing sensitivity surrounding corporate entertainment – an issue that has snared some high profile and unexpected victims in the past for allegedly breaching ethical standards.

One of the most significant was Ernst Welteke, who resigned in 2004 as the president of Germany’s Bundesbank after it emerged he had let a commercial bank pay a hotel bill.

Fears that executives might unwittingly suffer the same fate also contributed to a decision by Fifa, football’s governing body, to cancel more than 1m room nights it had reserved in hotels for this summer’s World Cup.

The decision was attributed, in part, to an unwillingness by executives to accept corporate hospitality tickets in case they were accused of accepting inappropriate gifts.

TeliaSonera responded with surprise to news of the charges yesterday.

Tom von Weymarn, chairman, said: “Customer events of [this kind] are a normal occurrence in any market and … I am amazed the Director of Public Prosecutions has not decided to terminate his preliminary investigation.”

FT.com

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TeliaSonera CEO faces bribery charges over customer entertainment offer

TeliaSonera AB said its chief executive Anders Igel, and head of TeliaSonera Sweden Marie Ehrling, are to be charged with bribery for inviting customers during the spring of 2005, to an evening at the hit musical Mamma Mia, in conjunction with a product demonstration.

The event was later cancelled after the prosecutor commenced bribery investigations.

Igel and Ehrling said in a joint statement, that they are surprised that the prosecutor decided to charge them since the event never actually took place.

“Customer events like this are common in Swedish business life, and we believe we acted according to common practice.”

The prosecutor Christer van der Kwast, said the offer which included the spouses of the customers, constituted “an unwarrantable reward for the recipients’ in the official discharge of their duties”.

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TeliaSonera CEO, Sweden chief face bribery charge

TeliaSonera (TLSN.ST: Quote, Profile, Research), the largest Nordic telecoms firm, said a Swedish prosecutor will charge its chief executive and the head of its Swedish arm with bribery, and expressed surprise at the decision.

The prosecution is related to an event planned for early 2005, to which clients were invited to see new products and to attend a music show, the company said on Wednesday. The event was cancelled after an investigation was launched.

“We consider that we acted according to normal practice,” TeliaSonera Chief Executive Anders Igel and the head of its Swedish business, Marie Ehrling, said.

Such events were common in the course of promoting a company’s business, they added in a statement.

They also criticised the law for being unclear and welcomed the opportunity that a legal case would bring to show where the boundaries lay for such client events.

Reuter

TeliaSonera CEO, Exec Face Bribery Charges – AP

A prosecutor filed bribery charges Wednesday against TeliaSonera Corp.’s chief executive and the head of the company’s Swedish branch for inviting some 200 corporate and government leaders to see the ABBA musical “Mamma Mia!”

Anders Igel, the CEO of the telecom operator, and TeliaSonera Sweden head Marie Ehrling denied any wrongdoing and said they had followed normal business procedures.

The invitations to a dinner and the musical performance in Stockholm last year were canceled after TeliaSonera learned police had opened a bribery investigation.

“It is surprising that the prosecutor has decided to press charges for an invitation to the event in question, which on top of it all never took place,” Igel said in a statement.

He said such events are used to inform customers about products and services and are common practice in Sweden.

“We think it is good that this is brought to the courts so that we and other Swedish businesses know what is acceptable regarding customer events,” Ehrling said.

One of the invited guests to the “Mamma Mia!” show was Sweden’s national police commissioner, Stefan Stromberg, who asked a prosecutor to look into the case.

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Sweden’s TeliaSonera CEO, top executive charged with bribery

A prosecutor filed bribery charges Wednesday against TeliaSonera Corp.’s chief executive and the head of the company’s Swedish branch for inviting some 200 corporate and government leaders to see the ABBA musical Mamma Mia.

Anders Igel, the CEO of the telecom operator, and TeliaSonera Sweden head Marie Ehrling denied any wrongdoing and said they had followed normal business procedures.

The invitations to a dinner and the musical performance in Stockholm last year were cancelled after TeliaSonera learned police had opened a bribery investigation.

“It is surprising that the prosecutor has decided to press charges for an invitation to the event in question, which on top of it all never took place,” Igel said in a statement.

He said such events are used to inform customers about products and services and are common practice in Sweden.

“We think it is good that this is brought to the courts so that we and other Swedish businesses know what is acceptable regarding customer events,” Ehrling said.

One of the invited guests to the Mamma Mia show was Sweden’s national police commissioner, Stefan Stromberg, who asked a prosecutor to look into the case.

AP

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TeliaSonera CEO, exec face bribery charges

A prosecutor filed bribery charges Wednesday against TeliaSonera Corp.’s chief executive and the head of the company’s Swedish branch for inviting some 200 corporate and government leaders to see the ABBA musical “Mamma Mia!”

Anders Igel, the CEO of the telecom operator, and TeliaSonera Sweden head Marie Ehrling denied any wrongdoing and said they had followed normal business procedures.

The invitations to a dinner and the musical performance in Stockholm last year were canceled after TeliaSonera learned police had opened a bribery investigation.


BusinessWeek Online

TeliaSonera CEO faces bribery charges over customer entertainment offer

TeliaSonera AB said its chief executive Anders Igel, and head of TeliaSonera Sweden Marie Ehrling, are to be charged with bribery for inviting customers during the spring of 2005, to an evening at the hit musical Mamma Mia, in conjunction with a product demonstration.

The event was later cancelled after the prosecutor commenced bribery investigations.

Igel and Ehrling said in a joint statement, that they are surprised that the prosecutor decided to charge them since the event never actually took place.

‘Customer events like this are common in Swedish business life, and we believe we acted according to common practice.’

The prosecutor Christer van der Kwast, said the offer which included the spouses of the customers, constituted ‘an unwarrantable reward for the recipients’ in the official discharge of their duties’.

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Turkcell’s share reduction given GC approval

Following two weeks of deliberation at the Guardian Council (GC), the bill proposed by the Majles to reduce the share of Turkcell in the consortium to set up and operate Iran’s second GSM network has been given approval and submitted to the Majles for implementation.

The bill proposed reducing Turkcell’s share in the venture from an initial 70% to 49%, which results in the Turkish company losing its controlling rights in the deal.

The issue is further complicated by the fact that Swedish-Finnish TeliaSonera has bought into a majority ownership of Turkcell, which in effect makes it the main party Iran needs to deal with.  Turkcell has yet to make a final decision on whether it will stay in the deal or withdraw.  While denting business confidence in Iran, the drama surrounding this venture has also highlighted the need for accurate stakeholder analysis prior to entering the Iranian market.

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