The Chief Executive Officer of Sweden’s Scania AB, Leif Oestling, will be called for questioning by a Swedish prosecutor over allegations that the truckmaker violated United Nations sanctions against Iraq, Dagens Industri reported, citing an interview with the prosecutor.
Prosecutor Nils-Eric Schultz will ask Oestling whether his employees may have violated sanctions without his knowledge, the Swedish newspaper quoted Schultz as saying.
Hans-Ake Danielsson, a spokesman for the company, told Bloomberg News that the company didn’t violate the UN’s oil-for-food sanctions against then-Iraq ruler Saddam Hussein.
“We have fully cooperated with this investigation, which has been going on since at least 2007,” Danielsson said in a phone interview with Bloomberg in response to the report. “Our view is that we haven’t violated any rules. Oestling is looking forward to the opportunity of giving his side to this story.”
Scania has not yet been informed of when the prosecutor wants to meet Oestling, Danielsson said.
The prosecutor’s investigation is related to sales by Scania to Iraq, via third parties, of 125 buses and 60 to 70 trucks almost 10 years ago, Danielsson said.
Scania is controlled by Volkswagen AG, Europe’s largest carmaker.