Hemlig rapport kan fälla Tele2

En ny hem­lig rap­port varnar för att Tele2 samar­be­tar med kor­rup­ta per­son­er i Kazakstan. Redan i decem­ber kan tele­fon­op­er­atören tvin­gas beta­la mil­jard­be­lopp till en kvin­na som ankla­gats för att vara en front för den kaza­kiska regimen.

När Telia Soneras ägare i våras valde att inte bevil­ja den tidi­gare vd:n Lars Nyberg ans­vars­fri­het var det fram­för allt med hän­vis­ning till bolagets verk­samhet i Kazakstan — och fram­för allt affär­erna med Aigul Nurieva, en 39-årig kvin­na som har ankla­gats för att vara en för­valtare av den kaza­kiska reg­i­mens förmögenhet.

Men Telia är inte det enda sven­s­ka telekom­bo­laget som har haft affär­er med Nurieva. En hem­ligstäm­plad rap­port som SvD Näringsliv har tag­it del av vis­ar att Tele2:s samar­bete med henne än dju­pare än Telias. Rapporten, som är beställd av en av Tele2:s ägare, vis­ar ock­så på flera varn­ings­flag­gor för kor­rup­tion inom Tele2:s kaza­kiska verksamhet.…

Peter Alestig, SvD

The arti­cle focus­es on Tele2’s oper­a­tions in Kazakhstan and refers to
a “secret report”. The paper says the report sug­gests that — although
there is no proof of any ille­gal activ­i­ties per­tain­ing to cor­rup­tion
- there is rea­son to raise warn­ing flags.

Mats Granryd, CEO and pres­i­dent of Tele2 AB, com­ments:” The arti­cle
rais­es sev­er­al impor­tant issues that we take very seri­ous­ly. However,
it does not present any new infor­ma­tion that we have not already
inves­ti­gat­ed. Tele2 is well-famil­iar with the busi­ness envi­ron­ment in
Kazakhstan and before enter­ing this mar­ket we per­formed due dili­gence
where­by we checked rel­e­vant risks, part­ners, pay­ments, ven­dor and the
polit­i­cal cli­mate. Based on this process and the eth­i­cal prin­ci­ples
laid down in our Code of Business Conduct, there was noth­ing that
gave us rea­son to refrain from enter­ing into the Kazakh mar­ket and
into an agree­ment with Asianet. However, as part of our strong risk
man­age­ment pro­ce­dures, we are con­stant­ly review­ing the sit­u­a­tion and
con­tin­u­ous­ly improv­ing how we oper­ate in the market.”

On Ms. Aigul Nuriyeva, Tele2 is aware of the rumours con­cern­ing her
own­er­ship of Asianet. Both third par­ties and Tele2 have assessed the
mat­ter and we feel con­fi­dent that she is the reg­is­tered own­er of that
com­pa­ny.

Tele2 is a val­ue-dri­ven com­pa­ny with zero tol­er­ance for cor­rup­tion and
fraud. The com­pa­ny will con­tin­ue assess­ing its invest­ments,
oper­a­tions and part­ner­ships in Kazakhstan and pro­vide addi­tion­al
infor­ma­tion about its oper­a­tions in the coun­try on tele2.com. Should
Tele2 receive any new infor­ma­tion that sug­gest irreg­u­lar­i­ties these
will be addressed.

For fur­ther infor­ma­tion, con­tact:
Lars Torstensson, EVP Communication and Strategy, Telephone: +46 702
73 48 79

TELE2 IS ONE OF EUROPE’S FASTEST GROWING TELECOM OPERATORS, ALWAYS
PROVIDING CUSTOMERS WITH WHAT THEY NEED FOR LESS. We have 13 mil­lion
cus­tomers in 9 coun­tries. Tele2 offers mobile ser­vices, fixed
broad­band and tele­pho­ny, data net­work ser­vices and con­tent ser­vices.
Ever since Jan Stenbeck found­ed the com­pa­ny in 1993, it has been a
tough chal­lenger to the for­mer gov­ern­ment monop­o­lies and oth­er
estab­lished providers. Tele2 has been list­ed on the NASDAQ OMX
Stockholm since 1996. In 2013, we had net sales of SEK 30 bil­lion and
report­ed an oper­at­ing prof­it (EBITDA) of SEK 6 billion.

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