Bertil Stroberg, 79, Swede convicted of spying for Poland

Bertil Stroberg, 79, Swede convicted of spying for Poland

STOCKHOLM - Bertil Stroberg, a former Swedish Air Force officer who was convicted of spying for Poland during the Cold War, but always maintained his innocence, has died at 79.

Mr. Stroberg’s wife, Marianne, said Wednesday that he died in Stockholm March 25, following a yearlong battle against cancer.

Mr. Stroberg was sentenced to six years in prison for spying in 1983, but released on parole after serving three years.


The key evidence was a letter the prosecution said he had written to the Polish Embassy offering to sell military secrets. Handwriting experts could not link the letter to Mr. Stroberg.

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The letter was signed Sven Roland Larsson and asked that money be sent in that name to the Central Post Office. Mr. Stroberg was arrested when he went to collect Larsson’s mail.

The court rejected the officer’s contention that he was the unwitting victim of a conspiracy and that he picked up the letter as a favor for an acquaintance.

After a 2009 documentary presented new information about the case, Mr. Stroberg requested a retrial, but Sweden’s Supreme Court dismissed the request in October 2011.