Anna Lindstedt took over as ambassador in China in september 2016. Normally stops an ambassador between three and five years at his post. Already in the middle of January 2019 however, it became clear, through a press release from the government offices of sweden, to Anna Lindstedt received a new mission. She was appointed to the Agenda 2030-ambassador, based in Stockholm.
the following Week, attended Anna Lindstedt in a much-publicized meeting with chinese businessmen in Stockholm on the Swedish bokförläggaren Gui Minhai, who is in prison in China. His daughter Angela Gui also participated in the meeting, which shall have been organized at the initiative of the Lindstedt in order to get the Gui Minhai released.
was substantial, and according to the ministry of foreign affairs had no knowledge that it was planned. The fbi has launched a preliminary investigation against Anna Lindstedt, on the violation of national security. Lindstedt was recently awarded lawyer, but the DN could tell on Tuesday.
the DN can now tell you new details about Anna Lindstedts time in Beijing, and why she got the new job duties.
Already in may 2018, the MINISTRY for foreign affairs have reacted on how the ambassador managed the case Gui Minhai. The case has characterized the relations between Sweden and China since he was arrested, and is very sensitive.
last spring, have been asked to leave Beijing, but the opposite. The MINISTRY's management is reported to have had the criticism of Anna Lindstedts way to manage the case.
– You can of course discuss which strategy works best, but you have to go in pace, says a person with good insight to DN.
In november, accepted Anna Lindstedt at last to take a new job, Agenda 2030-ambassador. Who is responsible for Sweden's negotiations for the paris agreement on climate, and with good scores from there, she was well qualified for the assignment. That the position of Agenda 2030-ambassador of the missing links to security policy was also, according to DN's information, no chance.
One of the DN's sources describe it as a way to ”soft land” Anna Lindstedt, after China.
No formal government decision on the ambassadörsposten was not required, because it was not a new appointment, without a relocation. Also a date for the decision on the relocation are missing, but it is explained by the foreign MINISTRY with a formal decision is not taken until a date is available. Anna Lindstedt must not have wanted to put such a.
the foreign MINISTRY has since the information about the meeting at the hotel Sheraton in January became known explained to the group that manages the consular case lacked the knowledge that it was planned.
If the story has damaged the case of the Gui Minhai, is unclear.
Anna Lindstedt is employed but lacks tasks as long as Säpos investigation and the MINISTRY's internal investigation is ongoing. Three people have applied for the post as the successor to Anna Lindstedt ambassador in China.
On Wednesday commented Anna Lindstedt for the first time, the suspicions, via his attorney, Conny Cedermark:
My client currently have no other comment than that he / she denies the crime, and welcomes an investigation, " he told the daily News.
For Swedish Radio "Ekot" said the prosecutor Hans Ihrman, Anna Lindstedt has not formally been served with suspicion.