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Appeals court confirms lifetime jail sentence for Swede over Rwanda genocide crimes

A Swedish Court of Appeal has upheld a lifetime jail sentence for a Swedish citizen who murdered hundreds of people during the 1994 Rwanda genocide.

Appeals court confirms lifetime jail sentence for Swede over Rwanda genocide crimes
The appeals court in Stockholm. File photo: Magnus Hjalmarson Neideman / SvD / TT

Despite confirming the verdict of an earlier court, the appeals court acquitted the man of some of the crimes he had earlier been found guilty of, including nine counts of murder and four of attempted murder.

In June last year, a Stockholm court found the man guilty of genocide crimes and crimes against the law of nations, including murder, attempted murder, and kidnapping. That court sentenced the 50-year-old to a lifetime in jail, a sentencing upheld by the appeals court.

According to the United Nations some 800,000 people, mainly minority Tutsis, were killed in the Rwandan genocide, which began after the assassination of Rwanda's Hutu president Juvenal Habyarimana in April 1994.

Rwandans who took part in the genocide have also been sentenced in the United States, Canada, Finland, Norway, the Netherlands, Switzerland and France for their role in the killings.

Sweden has previously sentenced to life imprisonment two other naturalized Rwandans in 2014 and 2016 respectively, for their roles in the genocide.

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Sweden Democrat politician charged for dismembering colleague

The former politician has been charged on suspicion of murdering his colleague in an apartment south of Stockholm, after police found body parts in three different locations in the capital.

Sweden Democrat politician charged for dismembering colleague

According to the prosecution, the body parts found in plastic bags in central Stockholm came from a man in his 60s murdered in an apartment in Nyköping, south of Stockholm.

The man is said to have been killed by a pistol shot to the head, after which the 60-year-old charged with the murder dismembered the body.

The suspected murderer, who newspaper Expressen reports is a former Sweden Democrat politician, is said to have moved the body parts multiple times, eventually dumping them across the city.

In total, three body parts were found in two different locations – the Karlsberg canal and in the Djurgården park. Not all parts of the body have yet been found.

“We’ve carried out a comprehensive investigation into the victim and the suspect. We can, to some extent, show how and when the suspect moved the body parts,” prosecutor Marina Chirakova told TT.

The victim, who according to Expressen was also a former Sweden Democrat politician, had been friends with the suspected murderer for a number of years. Prosecutors did not comment on the motive behind the murder.

“That will be discussed in the main hearings,” she told TT.

The suspect was taken into custody in November last year after being arrested in Nyköping. He denies the charges, but accepts certain circumstances related to the case.

Upon his arrest, he resigned from his political obligations and his membership was frozen by the Sweden Democrats.

“I don’t want to comment on his stance on the charges or anything he has said,” she further told TT.

The murder is suspected to have taken place between August 30th and September 16th last year.

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