Stockholm — Sweden’s intelligence agency said Thursday two people have been arrested in connection with a suspected intelligence breach, with media identifying one as a former member of the military.
The pair was arrested in a raid Tuesday by the Swedish Security Service (Sapo).
“We have conducted an operation and two people have been arrested,” Karin Lutz, press officer for Sapo, told AFP.
Lutz said they were suspected of “aggravated unauthorised use of classified information,” describing it as a “serious crime.”
Newspaper Expressen reported on Thursday that the suspects were a married couple and the husband had a “long career within the Swedish Armed Forces” and was currently employed within the public sector.
Citing an unnamed source, Expressen also said the wife held a “particularly sensitive position” at a government agency.
ALSO READ | Sweden throws royal bash for king’s golden jubilee
Lutz said the agency could not confirm any details about the suspects or the nature of the classified information, noting that the investigation was still ongoing.
According to Expressen, the pair were being held in separate cells “without being able to watch television, listen to the radio or communicate with the outside world through letters.”
The severity of the case had also prompted Sapo to inform both the Supreme Commander of the Swedish Armed Forces Micael Byden and key ministers in Sweden’s government, the newspaper said.
Thomas Olsson, a lawyer representing one of the suspects, told AFP that he was unable to give any comment as a gag order regarding the case had been placed.
Sweden’s Prosecution Authority said in a statement that the suspects could be held until Friday before prosecutors would need to ask a court to remand them in detention.
Follow African Insider on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram
For more African news, visit Africaninsider.com