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Major shareholder dissatisfied with Swedbank's report on money laundering

the Report, which has been made by the british consulting firm Forensic Risk Alliance (FRA), was presented on Friday. But it is only a thin, initial examinati

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Major shareholder dissatisfied with Swedbank's report on money laundering

the Report, which has been made by the british consulting firm Forensic Risk Alliance (FRA), was presented on Friday.

But it is only a thin, initial examination of the 50 names that the Mission of the Audit submitted to the bank as presented. In addition, it is difficult to read because parts are masked - the text is covered by a black plate.

It is clear, however, that the FRA in the great confirms that it has been Swedbankkunder in the material, and that the last account was closed in may 2017.

about how long they suspect clients have been just customers, or how much money has been transmitted through the accounts and the recipients. Thus says nothing about the existence of money laundering or not.

the pension companies Alecta and AMF, which manages millions of swedes occupational pensions, together own about nine per cent of Swedbank. And where are the responsible, not satisfied with the report from the FRA.

"What is needed is a more thorough screening in order to restore confidence in the bank," says Ramsey Brufer, in a written statement.

"We had, as we previously stated, desired that the internal investigation carried out by the bank in the fall were included in the FRA investigation," he adds.

stresses in its statement that today's report is only a first step to answer the allegations.

" We had expected more, and our assessment is that more is needed to strengthen confidence in the bank. We are not satisfied with the news that the continuation of this process not to recognize as transparent as possible, " he writes.

the FRA has also received a commission to do an in-depth review of the transactions in the Baltic countries. According to Lars Idermark, Swedbank's chairman of the board, it is estimated that the examination take considerably longer than the three weeks the FRA has had for its initial investigation.

– It can take five-six months, but as soon as they are ready so it will be submitted to the board and to the Fsa, " he says to DN.

" We had this period where they would go through these 50 customers. The commitments is now completed, he continues.

" For me, it shows the way in which we work, we can feel safe with. It is a very important conclusion, responds to the ceo Birgitte Bonnesen.

Lars Idermark, explains the importance of this first quick was to check that the bank has satisfactory processes to find suspicious money laundering.

– this report says that the 50 customers are not customers of the bank in may 2017. It is valuable for us in the board to be aware, respond Idermark.

– When it comes to this kind of customers so it may be that they come into the bank and after a while we see that they change, and we are taking action. And then, we feel that these customers are no longer able to be customers of the bank. But it may be long processes, it's very complicated stuff, " he adds.

" It was not that which was the mission. When we got access to the names, we did an internal investigation immediately. But it was also important to bring in an external reviewer, who could confirm the conclusion that we ourselves had done, responds Birgitte Bonnesen.

She adds that a bank can never say that a particular transaction is money laundering. It is the police and the judicial authorities to decide.

"Just because it comes out a list with 50 names and accusations of money laundering, it does not mean that we have done wrong," she adds.

that Swedbank should have a unit that is specialized in checking that the bank operates in a proper manner to prevent it from being used for financial crime, money laundering.

The two largest shareholders in Swedbank, Sparbanksgruppen and the insurance group Folksam, unlike Alecta and AMF, declared themselves satisfied with the review and expresses its confidence to the management and the board of directors.

the Swedish financial supervisory authority has, together with his Estonian counterpart, initiated an investigation of data on money laundering in Swedbank.

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