Open letter from Ian H. Lundin and Alex Schneiter
6th November 2019
We last wrote to you on 15 November 2018 after Final Notice had been served on the two
of us, and the Company, and when the Swedish Government had granted approval in
principle for the Swedish Prosecution Authority to proceed with an indictment in the case.
The Swedish Government granted such approval without taking into account our submission
and the multiple objections raised as to why a prosecution should not be allowed to
proceed. Furthermore, Government ministers who participated in the decision had a clear
conflict of interest and should have recused themselves from the process. We appealed the
Government’s decision to the Supreme Administrative Court, which rejected our appeal on
the basis that we were not deemed to be a concerned party. We believe that it is
unacceptable that our arguments were never considered, in particular in view of our right to
a fair trial and an effective remedy under Articles 6 and 13 of the European Convention on
Additional information has recently surfaced showing that Government ministers involved
in the decision to allow for this case to proceed have actively pursued and criticised the
Company since 2006 and have also handed personal files to the Prosecution Authority after
the preliminary investigation started in 2010. We believe this is further evidence they were
conflicted and should never have been part of the approval process.
In September 2019, almost a year after Final Notice was served, we were informed that the
Final Notice period had been suspended and that both of us would be interviewed again and
may be handed new suspicions. The suspension and state of legal “limbo” we find ourselves
in increases our concerns over not only the length of this case, which is now in its tenth
year, but also the irregularities and flaws that have become apparent in the process. In our
view, the Prosecution Authority has overstepped its authority and made some grave errors,
including by handing over to the plaintiffs’ lawyers confidential investigation materials. Even
though this act in particular was deemed by the Prosecutor General to have been
“unlawful” when it happened previously, it happened again despite reassurances that it
would not. We have therefore made another complaint to the Parliamentary Ombudsman
about this matter and are awaiting a decision.
A separate investigation into alleged interference in a judicial matter has also been opened
and both of us have been notified of suspicions that we have harassed or bribed
Prosecution Authority witnesses. It is suggested that we somehow continue to do so today,
although we remain in the dark as to precisely what we are accused of.
We can only reiterate (as we have to the Prosecution Authority) that these allegations are
absolutely false and there are no grounds for any allegations of wrongdoing against us or
any representative of Lundin. We and the Company have always acted with the highest ethical standards in support of our defence case, and would never undertake any such
contradictory and damaging actions. We have in fact ourselves requested that the
Prosecution Authority investigate allegations of harassment and intimidation of witnesses
for the defence. Some of these witnesses have decided that they can no longer be involved
in the case because they believe that doing so might put them in physical danger. However,
the Prosecution Authority has consistently refused to engage with us in a meaningful way
on this issue and appears unconcerned by these allegations.
To compound matters, we have also recently learned that the Prosecution Authority has
sought to remove members of our defence team through unreasonable claims, which
actions we find highly questionable in light of our right to a fair trial, including the right to
defence counsel of our choosing.
Finally, this case is based upon the exercise of universal jurisdiction by Sweden without
applying international law. Such particular practice will have repercussions not just for us as
individuals, and for the Company, but also for other Swedish and international companies
and executives who have, or may seek to undertake, legitimate, poverty reducing and
economic growth supporting business activities in developing countries.
We are determined to fight this injustice not only through the Swedish legal process, but, as
necessary, also through the international judicial system. We remain convinced that there
are absolutely no grounds for any allegations of wrongdoing against us or any
representative of Lundin. We strongly believe that Lundin was a force for development in
Sudan and did everything in its power to advocate for peace by peaceful means. We also
have faith that the Swedish courts will ultimately make the right decision should the case
move forward. We nonetheless hope that reason and justice will prevail and that we will
soon see a closure of these investigations.
Ian H. Lundin
Chairman of the Board
President & CEO