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Swedish politician suspected of war crimes

TT/The Local/dl · 7 Jan 2011, 08:19

Published: 07 Jan 2011 08:19 GMT+01:00

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The 42-year-old man, a resident of Skåne in southern Sweden, was arrested at Copenhagen’s Kastrup airport on Wednesday on his way home from a vacation in Egypt, the Sydvenskan newspaper reports.

Slovenian authorities issued an international warrant for the man in 2007 on suspicions that he shot and killed someone at a Slovenian border crossing in 1991.

The incident is alleged to have occurred when soldiers opened fire on a car when it failed to heed their instructions to stop at a Slovenian border crossing. A passenger in the backseat was killed.

The man’s lawyer, however, disputes the accusations against his client.

“My client wasn’t one of the people who shot. He is totally innocent,” attorney Thorkild Høyer told the newspaper.

Hoyer also questioned the decision to classify the crime as a war crime.

According to Expressen newspaper, the man is a local Left Party politician and also works as a teacher. He is now being held in Copenhagen pending an extradition hearing to Slovenia.

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The 42-year-old has appealed the extradition request and has instead asked to be allowed to return to his family in Sweden pending the outcome of the investigation.

TT/The Local/dl (news@thelocal.se)

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10:01 January 7, 2011 by calebian22
What are soldiers supposed to do when a car rams a checkpoint?
10:11 January 7, 2011 by flobalob
A possible criminal politician ! I don't beleive it.
10:58 January 7, 2011 by moreanon
The phrase 'local Swedish politician' and lack of biographical details makes me suspicious. Is he Slovenian?
11:33 January 7, 2011 by flintis
Swedish my ar$e
11:42 January 7, 2011 by Rick Methven

He IS a SWEDISH citizen

Which is more than be said for you.

What is it about The Local that attracts idiots from outside Sweden to make posts challenging the credentials of Swedes?

Why not find yourself a nice little local English site to challenge the English credentials of the English and make posts like " You are not English unless you support the BNP" instead of making idiot comments on a Swedish forum
12:12 January 7, 2011 by bocale1
Reading the article, it seems that what is accused this man of is not exactly what I would think when reading "war crimes"...

I mean, you are in a war zone, a car doesn't stop at a national border, you shoot (maybe even without the intention to kill anybody, otherwise it is hard to believe that just one man in the car died) and what? you are a war criminal????

If so, most of the NATO soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan should be arrested and accused of the same crime since this kind of incidents happen there on daily basis.
12:43 January 7, 2011 by Rick Methven

"f so, most of the NATO soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan should be arrested and accused of the same crime since this kind of incidents happen there on daily basis. "

Or British soldiers in Northern Ireland when cars with terrorists in them tried to cross the border to the south
13:25 January 7, 2011 by flintis
@Rick M:- I am a Swedish citizen & I have my certificate to prove it.

Strange central European name for a Swede!!

"Svensken" heter Mirsad Mesanovic är född 1969 och lokalpolitiker för Vänsterpartiet och nämndeman vid tingsrätten i Kristiansstad.

By the way THIS IS a nice little LOCAL English site!
16:30 January 7, 2011 by bocale1

even Zlatan Ibrahimović does not sound to me a very Swedish name but, so far, I haven't seen anybody complaining about calling him a Swedish football player (btw, one of the few Swedish players, if not the only one, that have international relevance nowadays).
16:35 January 7, 2011 by Rick Methven
@flintis"I am a Swedish citizen & I have my certificate to prove it"

You have a certificate:LOL

since when has Sweden been issuing certificates?

I does not take much reading of your posts to know that you come from the UK, you fool nobody
17:40 January 7, 2011 by Swedesmith
With all due respect, Rick, I enjoy reading your thought provoking posts even if I do not always agree with them...but I don't see where it says that you must be Swedish to post here. I am an American who has lived in Sweden, is married to a Swedish gal and have two children who are Swedish citizens. Not that that matters, really. What matters is that I have a keen interest in what goes on in Sweden (as I have hopes of moving back some day) and I like to add my (often goofy) posts now and then.
18:40 January 7, 2011 by Rick Methven
@ Swedsmith

There is a BIG difference between posters like you who are clearly Swedish residents and make some positive posts relevant to Sweden and the experience of Expats in Sweden. As an expat with 30 years of experience living and working in Sweden and like you with a Swedish wife, I try to impart genuine information to other people here about the ins and outs of living in Sweden as I have noticed you do also.

What hacks me off is the internet idiots with no knowledge of the country who come trolling on here making inflammatory posts just to give their sick minds a quick thrill. All it takes is a quick glance at some of these guys posts to find out that they are not based in Sweden and most have never been to Sweden. Thankfully the majority of these idiots confine themselves to the News section and rarely stray into the discussion section where they would be blown away quickly.

The only reason I expose these people is to stop the falsehoods about my adopted country put out by these idiots, so that people with a genuine interest in finding out about Sweden are not left with a false impression
20:42 January 7, 2011 by Swedesmith
I appreciate what you are saying. There are some posters that seem to come out of the woodwork when the issue of immigration and/or certain religous groups comes up.

As a former (and, perhaps, future) immigrant myself, I have strong feelings about immigration as well. To summarize, I would say that, if you immigrate to Sweden, be greatful, be positive, be useful and (eventually) plan to be Swedish.
20:42 January 7, 2011 by DAVID T
If a dog is born in a stable does it make it a horse?
21:10 January 7, 2011 by Da Goat
Something dodgey here the description does not fit the crime and should he also have some diplomatic immunity being a politician (they should not be able to collar him like they did)?
13:10 January 8, 2011 by isenhand
Yes, soldiers r only allowed to shoot combatants and have to make every effort to prevent civilian deaths during a war.

The exception to the above is for self defence. Soldiers can shoot civilians in their own self defence. Than means they can shoot Taliban or insurgents even though such people are not combatants (and the Taliban or insurgents r themselves war criminals).
15:18 January 8, 2011 by Baldeagle 11
This report fails to make clear what army the 42yr old served in 10years ago, and given that most borders in Slovenia at that time were jointly manned, particularly with a NATO presence and given that, if he was a member of Swedens armed forces what were they doing in NATO- particularly given Swedens neutrality??
10:11 January 9, 2011 by isenhand
The Swedish army formed part of KFOR. Although NATO led was sanctioned under the UN.

Sweden has a history of supporting UN operations.
07:29 January 10, 2011 by flintis
@rick m:- I'm seriously doubting your knowledge of Sweden, the Swedish authorities issue a "Betyg" to prove your citizenship, look it up on the web.

Maybe I do come from the UK originally, but I've lived in & around Stockholm for as many years as I care to remember.

@locale, you obviously did'nt read the posts when the local reported that Zlatan was the favourite Swedish sportsperson!
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