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Civil War in Bosnia Hercegovina

Suspected War Criminal Arrested

Published tisdag 12 januari 2010 kl 15.02

A 43-year-old Swede of Bosnian origin was arrested on Tuesday in Northern Sweden amid suspected war crimes during the civil war on the Balkans. News agency TT reports that the man had worked as a guard in a camp for civil Bosnian Serbs in Bosnia Hercegovina.

He is suspected of the violation of the Geneva Convention by having tortured some of the inmates of the prison camp between May and August 1992. The charges against him also include murder, kidnapping and assisting in kidnapping.

This is the first time a case dealt with by the Swedish Police's special war crime commission in Stockholm could lead to indictment. The man was flown to Stockholm during Tuesday and will be questioned during Wednesday. On Thursday the prosecutor will decide whether to ask him to be remanded in custody or not.

According to the news agency TT, there are Serbian testimonies published on internet from a prison camp from 1992, where a man with the same name as the 43-year old is accused of very serious crimes.

If the case will go to trial, it will be held in Sweden, and if found guilty the man will serve his sentence in this country.

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