The main suspect in a spy investigation involving wireless equipment maker LM Ericsson will remain in jail while prosecutors decide whether to file espionage charges.
“The man must be kept in jail at least until February 13, when the prosecutors must file charges or seek extension of the detention order,” court spokeswoman Karin Israelsson said Thursday.
The man is accused of handing over secret company information to a foreign intelligence agent. He was originally suspected of espionage, which carries a maximum sentence of life in prison. But According to Israelsson, he is now suspected of the lesser charge of industrial espionage, which carries a sentence of four years in prison.
The suspect, whose name hasn’t been released, was arrested on Nov. 5 together with two other former or current Ericsson employees, who are suspected of helping the main suspect gather the information. They have been released from jail, but could still face charges.
Additionally, Ericsson suspended two other employees, but one of them returned to work after being cleared of suspicion.
All the suspects worked in the company’s development unit but didn’t hold high-ranking positions, according to Ericsson.
Sweden expelled two Russian diplomats in connection with the case. Russia later expelled two Swedish diplomats, apparently in retaliation.