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Swedish court charges man with genocide

AFP/The Local · 27 Dec 2011, 07:28

Published: 27 Dec 2011 07:28 GMT+01:00

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The man, who resides in Gävle in eastern Sweden, was not identified, but officials said he had been the subject of a Swedish investigation since April and had been arrested Thursday at Stockholm's Bromma airport.

The prosecutor Evamaria Haggqvist suspects he participated in the Rwandan genocide between April 7 and mid-July 1994.

"We're happy to be able to give a clear signal that Sweden is no safe haven for war criminals," said Wretling to the TT news agency following the man's arrest.

The accused, who holds both Swedish and Rwandan citizenship, denied the allegations during Monday's hearing, held largely behind closed doors, the TT news agency reported, citing his defence lawyer.

Some 800,000 people, mainly minority Tutsis, were massacred by Hutu soldiers and extremist militias during the bloodbath, according to UN figures.

The case is the third major case Swedish police formed a special war crimes task forde.

Earlier this year, a Bosnian was sentenced to five years in prison for war crimes, the second person to have been convicted of that particular crime in Sweden after Jackie Arklöv.

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A Kosovo Serb is also suspected of participating in a 1999 massacre during the Kosovo War, and will receive the court's ruling on January 20th.

AFP/The Local (news@thelocal.se)

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Your comments about this article

10:36 December 27, 2011 by Abe L
You would think the Swedish police has more important work to do then worry about stuff that happened 15+ years ago on a different continent. How can they possibly justify this to the Swedish taxpayer? From the latest news here you'd imagine they should all be in Malmö keeping the peace.
10:50 December 27, 2011 by Douglas Garner
@Abe L... don't you think it is worthwhile to let the world know that Sweden is not a hiding place from crimes against humanity?
12:40 December 27, 2011 by gabeltoon
# Abe L Sounds like you would rather have criminals walk the streets of SWEDEN. This guy should be investigated, if guilty sentenced, and most of all have his citizenship removed.
13:47 December 27, 2011 by Abe L

More the opposite, I believe criminals should be punished, convicted and have their citizenships removed when they commit crimes in SWEDEN.
18:23 December 27, 2011 by RobinHood
@Abe L

Fortunately for us all, your eccentric view of international genocide law is exclusive to you, and I suppose, mass murderers of the most repulsive nature. The Rwandan genocide was a particularly repulsive affair, as genocides go, and the perpetrators will, quite rightly and by international treaty, be hunted to the ends of the earth, and prosecuted wherever and whenever they are found.

Now you have found your proper place in life, shoulder to shoulder with some of the most depraved and evil people in the world (subject to conviction, in this case), will we hear your wierd opinions on crime and punishment more often?
23:24 December 27, 2011 by biddi
Many years ago, I studied Swedish in Malmo. One of the (adult) students in our class was from Uganda, supposedly. However, when I spoke to him in Swahili, he didn't understand me. To this day I have wondered about his true identity.
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