Three former executives of Swedish carmaker Saab
Automobile were in custody Tuesday on suspicion of tax-related
accounting fraud prior to the company's bankruptcy at the end of
The suspicions centred on "aggravated attempts to avoid tax controls" through accounting procedures during the period 2010 to 2011, chief prosecutor Olof Sahlgren told Swedish media.
The three, including former chief executive Jan Ake Jonsson, were arrested Monday. They have been appointed public defence attorneys, the Vanersborg district court told dpa.
The other suspects were the former chief financial officer and former legal counsel.
The tax authority filed its complaint a year ago over difficulties in ascertaining what taxes and other fees Saab was liable to pay. The crime carries a maximum prison sentence of four years.
During 2011, the carmaker struggled with production stops and struggled to pay suppliers and wages to employees. Efforts to reorganize the business and find new investors failed. Saab filed for bankruptcy in December 2011.
Jonsson left Saab in May 2011 after six years at the helm. He was succeeded by Victor Muller, head of niche Dutch-based sportscar maker Spyker, which in February 2010 took over Saab from US group General Motors (GM).
A Chinese-owned company - National Electric Vehicle Sweden (NEVS) - announced in June that it had bought the main assets of Saab and planned to focus on making electric vehicles using the Saab name.
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