Arklöv on trial for Bosnia torture
Paul O'Mahony · 10 Nov 2006, 12:46
Published: 10 Nov 2006 12:46 GMT+01:00
In 1993 Jackie Arklöv went to the Balkans as a mercenary. He is accused of assaulting and torturing eleven Bosnian Muslims while fighting with the Bosnian-Croatian army. According to his lawyer, Per Durling, Arklöv is prepared to plead guilty to most of the charges brought against him at the trial at Stockholm district court.
He wants to "confront his past and put it behind him," said Durling.
Public prosecutor Lise Tamm presented the charges in court this morning, Dagens Nyheter reports.
"Arklöv has caused people serious suffering, forced prisoners of war to serve the enemy, committed theft, practiced torture and inhumane treatment, and insulted people's dignity as well as their ethnic and religious backgrounds,” said Tamm.
Witnesses, many of them anonymous for security reasons, detailed the brutal crimes Arklöv is alleged to have committed in Bosnia.
He is accused, for example, of forcing prisoners on their hands and knees and beating them; knocking a prisoner unconscious with a shovel; making a prisoner stamp on the remains of a dead person and forcing the same prisoner to walk 20 metres across a minefield.
Arklöv can expect a prison sentence of between ten years and life for serious crimes against international law.
Since he is already serving a life sentence for his part in the infamous murders of two policemen in Malexander the sentence will have no formal bearing on his punishment.
"But I want to get the court's view on the appropriate punishment for these types of crime.
"It may affect the possibility of Arklöv gaining a pardon," said Tamm.