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Sweden’s first trial for crimes against humanity begins

Published fredag 10 november 2006 kl 12.35
Jackie Arklöv

A Swedish police-killer is in court accused of committing atrocities in Bosnia.

In 1993, Jackie Arklöv joined the Bosnia-Croat army as a mercenary during the Yugoslavian war, and the Swede is accused, of among other things, beating, humiliating and torturing muslims in a camp in Mostar where he was a guard. Swedish Television is reporting that he admits most of what he is accused of.

Some of his alleged victims now live in Sweden and will be following the trial via a video-link.

Arklöv is already well-known in Sweden after being jailed for life in 2000 for his involvement in the murder of two policemen during a bank robbery the year in 1999, and he has been linked to neo-nazi groups.

He has already been found guilty of of war crimes once before. A court in Mostar gave him a jail sentence in 1995 but when he was transferred to a prison in Sweden he was released for a lack of evidence.

But new evidence emerged during a investigation into his alleged crimes which was started several years ago. His trial’s expected to last a few weeks.

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