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Genocide suspect’s appeal denied in Europe

The Rwandan citizen, under arrest in Sweden for three years following genocide charges in Rwanda and currently residing in Denmark, will not have his extradition case reviewed further in the highest authority of the European Court of Human Rights; the Grand Chamber.

“It is expected that if he would come to Sweden this order would be carried out immediately,“ said prosecutor Lars Hedvall to news agency TT.

Sylvere Ahorugeze was arrested in 2008 while visiting Sweden when his wife was renewing her passport at the Rwandan embassy.

According to Rwanda, Ahorugeze, a Hutu, is under suspicion for taking part in the genocide against the Tutsi minority in 1994.

Among other things he is suspected of being responsible for the murder of one specific family and their neighbours, 28 people in total.

He denies all allegations and claims that the accusations are politically motivated, as the current Rwandan regime is dominated by Tutsis.

After being held in custody in Sweden for three years, Ahorugeze was released last summer after the Supreme Court (Högsta Domstolen) ruled that there was no reason to detain him while the decision from Europe was taking a long time.

Following his release, he returned to live with his family in Denmark, where he now resides.

However, in October last year, the European Court of Human Rights ruled that it was not wrong of Sweden to authorize the deportation.

The decision was then appealed to the highest authority, the Grand Chamber, which has decided not to review the case.

However, as Ahorugeze is living in Denmark, the Rwandan authorities will have to turn to the Danish – and not the Swedish – judicial system if they want Ahorugeze extradited, something the Danes so far have been unwilling to do.

“We can’t have him extradited to us just so we can extradite him,” said Hedvall to TT.

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Swedish law to include crimes against humanity

Sweden is set to introduce crimes against humanity into its penal code in a move to tackle widespread, systematic, and inhumane crimes abroad in Swedish courts.

Swedish law to include crimes against humanity

Sweden said Friday it would introduce crimes against humanity into its penal code to allow it to judge such cases in its own courts, following similar moves by France and Canada.

The change, which also expands laws on genocide and war crimes, is part of a justice ministry bill expected to pass easily in parliament and come into force in July 2014, the Swedish press said.

Sweden's Minister of Justice, Beatrice Ask, told the daily Svenska Dagbladet that the current penal code required some improvements and "the way this kind of serious crime is dealt with will become much clearer".

Crimes against humanity, according to the definition in the bill, include murder, extermination, enslavement, deportation, imprisonment, torture, sexual violence, persecution and any other inhumane act or omission committed against civilians, in a widespread or systematic manner.    

Several people in Sweden have been sentenced since 2006 for war crimes committed during the Yugoslav wars.    

In June this year the country's first trial for genocide concluded with a life sentence for the Swede of Rwandan origin, Stanislas Mbanenande.

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