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Four More Officials Quit in Spy-Escape Scandal

October 21, 1987 GMT

STOCKHOLM, Sweden (AP) _ Four government officials resigned Tuesday amid public outrage over the escape of a top-ranking Swedish spy who was left unguarded during a conjugal leave from prison.

The resignations over the disappearance of the convicted spy Stig Bergling followed the replacement Monday of Justice Minister Sten Wickbom, in a rare political shakeup.

Bergling, who was serving a life sentence for selling defense secrets to the Soviet Union, was left unwatched while on an overnight visit with his wife Oct. 5.

One of those who resigned, Ulf Larsson, director of the National Prisons Board, told Swedish national radio he should have kept a closer watch on Bergling’s prison furloughs.

Three officials of the Justice Ministry also resigned: undersecretary Harald Falth, Wickbom’s press officer Bjorn Fougelberg, and Par Nudel, an aide to the ex-minister.

Bergling and his wife are still at large. One of several cars rented by the couple was found in Finland, fueling speculation they had fled to the Soviet Union.