Swedish security services said on Tuesday it had arrested and detained an individual suspected of espionage following a police operation in central Sweden on Monday. The individual, who has not been identified by police, was held at the lower of two levels of suspicion under the Nordic country’s legal system, the Swedish security service said in a statement.
“The arrest is part of a preliminary criminal investigation carried out by the Swedish security services under the direction of prosecutors from the National Security Unit,” he said. “The investigation will now show whether there are sufficient reasons to keep the person in detention.” No other information on the arrest or the identity of the detainee was disclosed by the police.
In Sweden’s first spy conviction in decades, a court sentenced a man to three years in prison for Russian espionage earlier this month, finding him guilty of selling secret truckmaker information Scania to an embassy official. Security police have said in recent years that security threats to Sweden from foreign powers and violent extremism have increased and are expected to continue to do so in the years to come.
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