The Swedish economic magazine claims that TeliaSonera bought 51 percent of Ncell shares at a price of 3.2 billion crowns, or nearly 390 million euros. Later, in 2010, TeliaSonera bought more Ncell shares with 1.1 billion crowns, or about 133 million euros, writes Veckans Affärer.
The king’s son-in-law Raj Bahadur’s connections with Ncell are rather convoluted. In 2001, Nepal’s communications authorities said that Ncell would be granted a license. When the license was finally granted in 2004, Raj Bahadur had become the main shareholder of Ncell.
A few months after getting the licence, Raj Bahadur transferred his assets to foreign tax havens, says Veckans Affärer. The magazine claims that TeliaSonera made its deal with a tax haven company of this kind.
According to the Swedish magazine, TeliaSonera tried to conceal the fact that it did business with Nepal’s royal family.
Source: YLE and Veckans Affärer.
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