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M/s Estonia Ferry disaster – were Estonians kidnapped?

Written by Christopher Bollyn

The recent revelations of “enforced disappearances” of two Egyptian “terror suspects” carried out in Sweden in 2001 may shed light on the fate of nine missing survivors from the Estonia catastrophe of 1994.

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Earlier, in an article entitled “Ghost Planes Make Suspects Disappear” ;(American Free Press) reported that a U.S. registered Gulfstream 5 executive jet played a role in the “extraordinary rendition” or ”enforced disappearance” of two Egyptian “terror suspects” from Sweden in 2001.

As reported, there is evidence that a similar abduction may have occurred in Sweden in the days following the Estonia ferry disaster of late September 1994.

According to Swedish journalist Sven Anér, enforced disappearances from Sweden are nothing new. More than 10 years ago, on Sept. 28, 1994, nine Estonian crewmembers, who evidently survived the Estonia ferry disaster, disappeared without a trace.

Documents pertaining to the 1994 and 2001 disappearances from Sweden point to U.S. registered private jets being used in both cases. Anér has provided AFP with airport documents concerning the aircraft suspected of being involved in the abduction of the nine missing Estonians.

Enforced disappearance, according to the Rome Statute of 1998, “means the arrest, detention or abduction of persons by, or with the authorization, support or acquiescence of, a State or a political organization, followed by a refusal to acknowledge that deprivation of freedom or to give information on the fate or whereabouts of those persons, with the intention of removing them from the protection of the law for a prolonged period of time.”

Enforced disappearance, a form of kidnapping, is considered a “crime against humanity”, according to the Rome Statute, which Sweden ratified in June 2001.

Disappeared Estonians

Ten years ago, in the immediate aftermath of the Estonia ferry disaster, which took the lives of some 852 people on Sept. 28, 1994, at least nine Estonian crew members, which official survivor lists show having survived the sinking, later mysteriously disappeared in what appears to be a government-organized abduction and enforced disappearance.

While the original survivor lists contain the names of 146 individuals, shortly thereafter the names of 11 crew members, who had been listed as survivors, were deleted without explanation from the lists maintained by the Swedish and Finnish authorities.

Anér has found 15 different original lists of survivors, all of which include the names of 11 Estonian crew members whose names were later deleted. It should be noted that in order for a name to appear on the list, a survivor was required to give his name, date of birth, status and nationality.

There is substantial evidence that at least 9 crewmembers survived the sinking of Estonia and were later abducted and taken to Arlanda airport near Stockholm whence they were flown out of Sweden on two private aircraft.

The abduction of these 9 crew members effectively removed key witnesses who would have been able to testify about the condition of the ship and the cause of the sinking. Chief among these were one of the ship’s captains, Avo Piht, who was on-board but not on duty that night, and Chief Engineer Lembit Leiger. It is thought that the other seven were crewmembers who had shared the same life raft or been rescued with Piht and Leiger in the same helicopter, Y-64.

In the first days after the sinking, it was widely reported that Avo Piht had survived. The Swedish television news program Aktuellt, for example, in the evening of Sept. 28, 1994, reported that Ronald Bergman, director of Nordström & Thulin, the Swedish firm that co-owned the vessel with the Estonian state, had called and informed them that the ship’s captain had survived and was being treated in a hospital in Finland.

Bengt-Erik Stenmark, security chief at the Swedish Maritime Administration told Reuters that the international investigation committee had interviewed Captain Avo Piht. Neither Stenmark nor Reuters has ever retracted this statement.

The German television network ZDF showed a video clip on September 28 of Avo Piht and other survivors arriving at Turku University Hospital in Finland. This video was later confiscated by German intelligence agents, according to Estonia researcher Jutta Rabe.

Leiger’s wife, Kairi, received a call from a relative in Sweden who told her that a Swedish police superintendent named H Strindlund had called to inform them that her husband had survived. Lembit Leiger had reportedly been treated in Stockholm’s Huddinge Hospital and been released on September 29, 24 hours after having been admitted.

The next day, Mrs Leiger spoke to Strindlund herself. Strindlund informed her of the flight details for the plane on which Leiger would be returning to Tallinn – but he never came home.

Along with Piht and Leiger, there are at least seven other “disappeared” crew members, whose names remained on survivor lists for days: The ship’s doctor, Dr Viktor Bogdanov, Kalev Vahtras, Kaimar KikasAgur Targama, Tiina Mür, and the twin sisters, Hannely and Hanka-Hannika Veide. ;

A strange disappearance

In Tallinn, at noon on Sept. 28, 1994, the names of survivors provided by the Estonian Department of Transportation were read over the radio. Kalev Vahtras, the ship’s quartermaster, was one of them.

Silver Linde, a surviving seaman, told Jutta Rabe that he had shared a hospital room in Turku, Finland, with Vahtras. Kalev Vahtras and Linde were friends and the two spoke in the hospital. Vahtras had no noticeable injuries, although his body temperature was low and he was wrapped in blankets, Linde said.
Linde went to visit other survivors and left Kalev alone in the room. When Linde returned with another crewmember, they discovered that Vahtras was gone. His entire bed had vanished.
Linde asked a nurse about Vahtras and was told he had been transferred to another hospital. A survivor list from Turku hospital shows Vahtras’ name and body temperature.
Vahtras’ wife went to Turku and was told her husband was in a hospital in Sweden.
Eventually an unrecognizable and disfigured corpse said to be Vahtras was returned to Estonia with a death certificate which read: Drowned in the Baltic Sea. Linde is serving a 9-year prison sentence in Finland, the victim of a framed charge of drug trafficking.

The censored rescue

Aftonbladet, the Swedish daily, reported on the day of the sinking that rescue worker Kenneth Svensson, on a rescue trip with Swedish Navy helicopter Y-64, rescued 9 people at about 3 a.m. on Sept. 28. Half an hour later, according to Aftonbladet, the helicopter took the rescued to Huddinge Hospital in Stockholm, arriving at 4:30 a.m., with nine persons, one of whom was dead. There is, however, no information as to who these 9 people were.

The early rescue by Kenneth Svensson, however, was completely censored from the final report (JAIC), published three years later. According to the final report, Y-64 only rescued one person at 5:10 a.m. Svensson received a medal for heroic service from Sweden’s supreme commander Owe Wictorin and was requested not to discuss the matter.

As AFP reported earlier, it was Owe Wictorin who authorized the smuggling of Soviet weapons technology on Estonia in the first place. There was an agreement between Wictorin and the commissioner of customs, Ulf Larsson, for a specific senior customs officer to clear the contraband materials, without any inspection, on arrival in Stockholm. At least two shipments of Soviet weapons technology had been delivered on Estonia under this arrangement in September 1994.
Jan Lindqvist, information chief for Sweden’s civil aviation administration, provided Anér with documentation of two private planes that left Stockholm’s Arlanda airport carrying a total of 9 unregistered passengers on the 28th and 29th of September.

The first plane, a Boeing 727-200, then registered VR-CLM, belonged to Larmag Aviation Cayman Ltd. a Bermuda-based company owned by Lars-Erik Magnusson, a Swedish casino owner and real estate mogul who became invested heavily in an oil and gas scheme in Turkmenistan in 1994 with funds taken from another firm, Fermenta.

The 161-seat Larmag 727 arrived from Amsterdam on the evening of Sept. 27 without passengers or cargo and left at 8:54 p.m. on Sept. 28 with 4 unregistered passengers headed for Amsterdam.
The second plane, a Gulfstream 4, registered N971L, belongs to International Lease Finance Corp. (ILFC) of Los Angeles, California. ILFC, an aircraft leasing company, was founded by Leslie Gonda, born Lazlo Goldschmied in Hungary. Today, Maurice R. Greenberg’s American International Group (AIG) owns ILFC and Greenberg sits on the board of directors with Gonda. The ILFC Gulfstream arrived at about 11 p.m. on the 28th without passengers from Amsterdam and left at 5:13 on the 29th with 5 unregistered passengers bound for Bangor, Maine.

AFP inquired at ILFC about who was operating the plane at the time. April Rotondi wrote that “no one” at ILFC can help with this request and hung up when asked on the phone.
Anér told AFP that there was an understanding at Arlanda that invoices for the ILFC Gulfstream were sent to the U.S. Embassy in Stockholm. In his book Mayday, about the Estonia catastrophe, Anér says, “I am convinced that both these ghost planes are connected to the Estonia catastrophe.”
AFP asked Lindqvist about Anér’s information. “I trust the information I gave Sven Anér,” Lindqvist said. Asked about the Kalla Fakta exposé that a Gulfstream 5, registered to phony front companies in the U.S., was involved in the “enforced disappearance” of two Egyptians in 2001, Lindqvist said: “Through my internal sources, I know that everything in the program is correct.”

______ Free Press.

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‘Horror movie killing’ baffles Swedish police as gang war rages on in Malmö, Sweden.

The shooter who killed one man and injured two others at a cafe in Malmö in southern Sweden on Monday wore a mask similar to those worn by robbers in the 2010 Hollywood film “The Town”, according to police.

The Town is a 2010 crime film starring, co-written, and directed by Ben Affleck adapted from Chuck Hogan’s novel Prince of Thieves.

Of 49 murders committed between 1975 and 1992 in Charlestown, Massachusetts (a one-square-mile neighborhood of Boston), 33 of them remain unsolved. The issue: witnesses feared retaliation if they cooperated with the cops. Most of Charlestown’s murders can be traced to drugs, armored car robberies and informants who ignored the code of silence.

The Charlestown Code of Silence is dramatized in the movie “The Town.

The 27-year-old victim, who died from his injuries, was sitting at a table playing cards when the masked man entered the café shortly before 8pm on Monday. The shooting took place on an industrial estate where police previously have raided several illegal nightclubs.

Police believe he was the sole target. Two other men were injured in the shooting.  Police don’t believe they were targets.  Most likely, the two were hit in the chaos that erupted when the masked man began firing. There are contradictory reports as to whether the gunman had one or two weapons, but it has been ascertained that many shots were fired.  Man who died in the shooting has criminal record, two others have links with criminal gangs. No arrests have been made so far.

Is Malmö, Sweden’s third largest city’, Swedish’ Charleston?

There are several criminal gangs that operate in Malmö. Swedish police seem rather helpless in tackling widespread violent crime in the area. In past 15 years the rate of violent crime in Malmö has been doubled. Members of these gangs are often immigrants from many countries, commonly from Middle East and former Yugoslavia. There have been at least 27 gang-related shootings in Malmö this year, bombs exploded at least 15 times. Most commonly shootings are carried out in public places. Seven people have died in Malmö this year in so-called gang war.

References The Local, Huffington Post,

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In Sweden There Is No Decency

Very often In Sweden, courts release accused criminals, for whatever reason.

In 3 year old Anna Persson case co-accused was first convicted and sentenced to prison for 10 years, then released after few months when she appealed. In Charlotte Sönne case link court also acquitted victim’s husband, who even confessed! According to court the reason was that no exact cause of death was possible to establish. 78 year old Inger Wickman was killed by lebanese Ahmad Akileh, who was sentenced to prison only for 2 years! link And there are many more cases like this.

But what is really outrageous, how Swedish authorities leak sensitive information. First they leak graphic autopsy photos of two small chldren who were killed in Arboga by Christine Schürrer who literally hammered them to death.

Now they have leaked crime scene photos in Elin Krantz case, showing her half-naked, raped and murdered body from every angle (even victim’s private parts are shown). Of course, they haven’t put these photos on exhibit officially, but they somehow leaked, showing up in various internet sites in Sweden and abroad.

For what purpose those images ‘leaked’? Are Swedish authorities, police/prosecutors out of their minds.

There is no public interest to justify such action, but these horrific images are offensive to victims and their families who have suffered enough. There is no decency in Sweden.

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Selvittämättömia naissurmia Ruotsissa 2000-luvulta

Pernilla Theorin löytyi kuolleena asunnostaan Avestassa elokuussa v 2006.

Tekijä oli sytyttänyt hänen asuntonsa tuleen, jälkien peittämiseksi. Pernillalla oli laaja ystäväpiiri, hän työskenteli IT yrityksessä.

Hän oli mukana tyttö jolla ei ollut vihamiehiä, sanovat ystävät. Ex-poikaystävää on epäilty teosta, myös kaksoismurhaaja Eklundin DNAta on verrattu

rikospaikalt löytyneeseen DNAhan, mutta epäiltyjä eikä motiivia teolleen ei ole löytynyt.



Ulrika Åkesson, 28, kuristettiin sänkyynsä

Surma tapahtui Helsingborg’ssa.

Ulrikan löysi kuolleena asunnostaan hänen äitinsä, äiti oli mennyt tyttärensä asunnolle selvittämään miksi hän ei ole mennyt sinä päivänä töihin.

Rikospaikkatutkinta ei suoritettu kun ei aluksi henkirikosta epäilty, Tapaus on arvoituksellinen, myöntää Börje Sjöholm läänin rikospoliisista.



Marie Johansson 36 sai surmansa työpaikalla Göteborgissa v 2005kun tuntematon henkilö puukotti hänet kuoliaaksi juuri enne kaupan sulkemista,

jossa Marie oli töissä. Tekijä on ilmeisesti naispuoline n tässä tapauksessa, ja poliisin mukaan hän saattaa olla mielisairas.

Poliisi on julkaissut valvontakameran kuvan epäilystä.

Poliisilla on tekijän DNA mutta epäiltyä ei ole löytynyt.


Lena Berglund löytyi kuolleena aamulla työpaikan rappukäytävästä, elokuussa 2009 Västeras’ssa, hän oli ollut edellisena iltana juhlimassa ravintolassa.

Surmaasetta ei ole löytynyt. Tapaus näyttää olevan täysi mysteeri.



Marie-Louise Hake, 49 alussa näytti siltä että nainen joutui junan yliajamaksi. Tapaus sattui elokuussa v 2005 Göteborgissa. poliisi kuitenkin epäili tämä oli lavastusta ja uhri oli surmattu aikaisemmin ja hänen ruumis laitettu raiteille jotta tämä näyttäisi tapaturmalta. Tapauksesta ei ole uutisoitu v 2005 jälkeen.




Eva-Marie Strandmark, Öllsjö, kesäkuu 2004

29 vuotias uhri löytyi kuolleena kotoaan, hänen ruumiin löysi hänen ystävä palanneesta talosta Öllsjöstä, Kristianstadin lähistöltä, kuolinsyy oli tukehtuminen, johon oli ilmeisesti käytetty tyynyä. Surman jälkeen sai poliisi salaperäisen kirjeen, jossa lähettäjä pyysi 50 000 kruunua ennakoon, tekijän jäljille johtavasta vihjeestä. Poliisi julkaisi valvontakameran kuvan pyöräilevästä miehestä, joka oli ilmeisesti vieraillut naisen luona useita kertoja.


Carina Thorén 34 löytyi kuolleena kotoaan Eslövissa v 2000, hän oli juuri tiskaamassa kun häntä puukotettiin 17 kertaa.

Mikael Kittilä, joka istuu elinkautista homomiehen murhasta ja on tuomittu ainakin 40 eri rikoksesta, oli epäiltynä surmasta, mutta todisteita hänen syyllisyydestä ei saatu.