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Thursday, February 22, 2024

Sweden Concludes Nord Stream Sabotage Probe, Shares Evidence with Germany

On Wednesday, Swedish prosecutors announced their decision to close the investigation into the explosions that occurred on the Nord Stream 1 and 2 gas pipelines. They will transfer the gathered evidence to German investigators. The Swedish Prosecution Authority stated that the investigation is concluded due to the lack of jurisdiction in Sweden, leading to the closure of the case.

The Nord Stream pipelines, responsible for transporting Russian gas to Germany beneath the Baltic Sea, experienced ruptures from a series of explosions in the Swedish and Danish economic zones in September 2022, resulting in the release of significant amounts of methane into the air. Danish police reported powerful explosions, and Swedish investigators confirmed traces of explosives, concluding that sabotage had occurred.

Sweden, Denmark, and Germany initiated separate investigations into the Nord Stream incidents, with strict control over information. The Danish and German probes are still ongoing. The Swedish prosecution authority mentioned, “Within the framework of this legal cooperation, we have been able to hand over material that can be used as evidence in the German investigation.”

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After an extensive inquiry, Swedish prosecutors found no indication of Swedish involvement in the attack, emphasizing that the event took place “in international waters.” Public Prosecutor Mats Ljungqvist stated, “Against the background of the situation we now have, we can state that Swedish jurisdiction does not apply.”

Russia has accused the United States, Britain, and Ukraine of being responsible for the explosions, leading to a significant disruption in its access to the European market. However, these countries have denied any involvement. If neither of the ongoing investigations produces conclusive evidence, the mystery behind this major act of infrastructure sabotage in modern history may remain unsolved.

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