Swedbank chairman quits over money-laundering scandal

Stockholm: The chairman of Swedbank, the Swedish lender accused of money-laundering in Baltic countries, stepped down on Friday, the bank said a week after the board sacked its chief executive.
“Lars Idermark has, with immediate effect, decided to leave the role as chair of Swedbank. Thereby, the current deputy chair, Ulrika Francke, will become new chair,” the bank said in a statement.
Swedbank has been embroiled in scandal since February when an investigative news show on public broadcaster SVT claimed to have seen documents showing that at least 40 billion kronor (3.8 billion euros, $4.3 billion) of suspicious transactions had been channelled to Baltic countries from Swedbank accounts. Many of the transactions took place between 2007 and 2015, and some of the money may have first transited Danske Bank, which is at the centre of a giant money-laundering scandal.— AFP