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War crimes suspect remanded in custody

AFP/The Local · 16 Jan 2010, 08:53

Published: 16 Jan 2010 08:53 GMT+01:00

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His lawyer Ola Salomonsson told news agency AFP that the 43-year-old-man is to stay in custody for one month so far. "I've yet to decide whether we'll appeal (the custody order) or not," he added.

The man, whose name has not been released, was arrested in northern Sweden on Tuesday.

He is suspected of war crimes, murder, kidnapping and being an accessory to kidnapping between May and August 1992 when he was a prison guard at a detention camp for Bosnian Serb civilians, the Swedish Prosecution authority said in a statement Tuesday.

Salomonsson said his client "denied all the crimes that the prosecutor stated."

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The prosecution authority said the suspect's arrest was the result of a "lengthy" investigation during which 70 people were questioned and for which "numerous countries," as well as the UN war crimes tribunal for the former Yugoslavia in The Hague, cooperated with Sweden in the investigation.

AFP/The Local (news@thelocal.se)

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13:26 January 16, 2010 by Nemesis
He should be deported to where he committed the crimes to be tried there.

In Sweden he will only get a slap on the wrist.
15:14 January 16, 2010 by digital
Following the example of Plavsic, a convicted Genocide mastermind, I think it's only fair for this guard to get the same treatment. Slap on a wrist sounds just perfect, having in mind the hell Plavsic created.
16:00 January 16, 2010 by Jan M
It'll be interesting to see what now happens. It doesn't take much to view Plavsic's release, the recent visit by the Tadic to Stockholm and this arrest as indicative of a new pro-Serb strategy in Sweden. I'd be curious to know how many Serb war criminals have sought sanctuary and whether the heat's being taken off Serbian organised crime - a highly effective and significant element responsible for the recent cash depot robbery.
19:33 January 16, 2010 by capso28
One thing I have realised is that only the loosers go to war crimes courts. Thats why I hate it when they use Nuremberg as a justification and template for international law and war crimes prosecution. Nuremberg was a victorious coalition imposing justice on vanquished enemies based on laws that, for the most part, did not exist at the time. I would also like to see heads of states and the likes of Saleh salam, Kony

facing justice.
21:31 January 16, 2010 by Bosnia and Herzegovina
Mr. Jan M,

I had discussion with a number of people that sheared your thoughts.
23:29 January 16, 2010 by laura ka baal
Well as if he will be releaes then why this drama of arresting him.
00:39 January 17, 2010 by wotist
The "Bosnian born Swede's" name is no secret. He worked as a "vaktmästare" (caretaker?) at a school in Sollefteå. He arrived in Sweden in 2001 and sought and received Swedish citizenship in 2006. Thus he will not be extradited to any foreign country. I won't share his name here as I assume that the lack of a name in this article is intentional and choose to respect that.

I do find it interesting that when someone is arrested suspected of having committed war crimes against Serbian civilians - in a war in which a third of the casualties were ethnic Serbs (proportional to their share of the population), people make posts trying to deflect attention and blame elsewhere. Someone is arrested for war crimes against Serbs so lets use this as an opportunity to talk about what bastards Serbs are, eh?

There were three sides to this war - and all three were led by total bastards. Loads of underlings were heinous bastards as well. I've spoken to people that served as peace keepers and I've spoken to Bosnian Muslims, Bosnian Croats and Bosnian Serbs and if it's one thing most of these agree upon it is that all the leaders were bastards and all sides committed atrocities. Several of these people I've spoken to are actually of mixted ethnicity. something which I didn't realize until I'd known them for awhile. Before the war they were mixed, after the war started, they were forced to choose. A friend of mine is Croat. After I'd known him a while I realized that his mother is Serb. Or "orthodox" as he put it, not wanting to spell it out. Similarly, another friend is Serbian, with a father that's "Catholic" (Croat). A Bosnian Muslim I know has a Serb mother as well, though this is not something that he tends to talk about that openly.

What I do know is this; Bosnians in Sweden, whether Muslim, Catholic (Croat) or Orthodox (Serb) tend to get along a lot better than these same groups back in Bosnia. Some of the people know refuse to go back even for a visit because it just breaks their heart to see what the place is like now.
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