Swedish police killer charged with Bosnia torture

Jackie Arklöv, currently serving a life sentence for murdering two policemen in Malexander in 1999, was charged on Friday with crimes against international law in Bosnia.

“The crimes were committed during the spring, summer and autumn of 1993, mostly during the summer,” said prosecutor Lise Tamm to TT.

According to Tamm, Arklöv committed robbery and torture against prisoners of war as well as civilians, and demostrated ‘particular brutality’. The crimes are said to have been carried out in different jails in Bosnia Herzegovinia where Arklöv was a guard.

Arklöv was a mercenary soldier in a Croatian militia in the conflict and was sentenced by a court in Mostar in 1995 to 13 years in jail for war crimes. The sentence was reduced to eight years by the supreme court in Sarajevo.

But he was released after a year as part of a prisoner exchange.

When Arklöv returned to Sweden in 1996 he was arrested again, but freed due to a lack of witness evidence.

But the investigation into the rare charge of crimes against international law was reopened in 2004 after a witness came forward with new evidence. Since then, a large number of witnesses have been interviewed by investigators.

Arklöv is currently serving a life sentence for his role in the notorious Malexander murders.

On 28th May 1999 he and two others stole 2.6 million kronor from a bank in Kisa, in Östergötland. Two policemen, Olle Borén and Robert Karlström, stopped the robbers on a main road in Malexander, 25 km from Kisa. But when they tried to arrest the three men, the officers were overpowered and shot dead with their own weapons.