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Bosnian-born Swede convicted of war crimes

AFP/The Local · 8 Apr 2011, 16:50

Published: 08 Apr 2011 16:50 GMT+02:00

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"The Stockholm district court sentenced today a 44-year-old man for aggravated crimes against international law to five years in prison," the court said in a statement.

Ahmet Makitan, who served as a prison guard during the war, was also ordered to pay compensation to 22 former prisoners for a total of 1.5 million kronor ($240,656), with each victim being granted between 40,000 and 80,000 kronor, court documents showed.

The court said Makitan joined Croatian militia HOS when fighting broke out in Bosnia Hercegovina in April 1992.

A few months later, he served as a guard at the Dretelj detention camp, "where civilians of Serbian origin where detained without legal grounds".

The court considered that by being a guard at the camp, Makitan was a participant in the detention of the prisoners and by doing so "went against the rules of international humanitarian law".

His sentencing took into account that he participated in violence against prisoners, including in two mock executions.

The prosecution had asked for eight years in prison.

Makitan, who was born in Bosnia Hercegovina but obtained Swedish nationality in 2006, was arrested in January 2010 in northern Sweden, where he lived with his family.

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Sweden opened a probe on the matter in 2008, receiving assistance with the investigation from a number of countries as well as the UN International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia in The Hague.

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Your comments about this article

21:01 April 8, 2011 by Uncle
WHAT? A MUSLIM finally is convicted of war crimes?

That must be a mistake!

This judge did not hear that muslims are allowed to kill thousands and hundreds of thousands and at the same time blame everyone else... They are also allowed to hate other races and religions and blame everyone else of non-tolerance.

What an error on judges behalf, embarrassing really. Must be not of Swedish origin.
11:35 April 9, 2011 by johnny1939
Goes again to say that we should investigate people and their backgrounds before granting citizenship. He will, of course, be out in 16 months. I wonder what his sentence would have been in his former country?
01:34 April 10, 2011 by dekul
@ Uncle: Did u forget a mistake of genocide by serbians christians in bosina? or israeliese zionists in palestine ? or buddiest in china and burma? or hindus in kashmir? =did the judge forget nazis like you?...

with my respect to all religion uncle good that you show your hate to muslim so like you should be exposed to people/humanity..

Best regards

the human who like all humans and neutral
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