On March 28, the Board of Directors of Swedbank fired Birgitte Bonnesen as President and CEO, the reason for the dismissal was the investigation of cases of money laundering through a financial institution. It is reported (.pdf), the press service of one of the largest banks in Sweden.
“The events of recent days have created a huge pressure on the Bank. The Board has therefore decided to suspend Birgitte Bonnesen from her position,” – said in a press release.
At the same meeting, the Board of Directors appointed CFO Anders Karlsson, acting President and CEO of Swedbank. Declared competition on a post of the President.
In another press release Swedbank emphasizes that committed participation in the fight against money laundering.
“We allocate significant resources to meet its obligations. This is a complex task that involves the monitoring of transactions, identification of potential sources of risk and ongoing analysis,” said the financial institution.
According to journalists of the SVT, the former President of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych in 2011 used the account with Swedbank in Lithuania, to “clean up” derived from the Ukrainian media. Investigators claim that Yanukovych led with this Bank for at least 34 million Swedish kronor (about $3.7 million), is designed as a royalty for the book, the author of which is alleged to be fugitive ex-President.
In addition, as found in Sweden, through Swedbank payments were made firm, subsequently transfer money to the Floor Manufactu strategist, who in those years worked for Yanukovych. Manafort concealed this income from the US authorities.
Because of allegations of involvement in the scandal with money-laundering Swedbank in March 2019, announced the start of the audit.