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War Crimes Suspect Remanded into Custody

Published fredag 15 januari 2010 kl 19.09
Security was tight in court

A 43 year old Swede of Bosnian Origin suspected of war crimes during the civil war in the Balkans was remanded into custody by a Stockholm court on Friday afternoon.

He'd been arrested earlier this week in northern Sweden following an investigation by Swedish police's special war crimes unit.

In court, the prosecution accused him of murder, torture and other violence during his time as a guard at a prison camp for civilian Bosnian Serbs.

The man's lawyer denied the charges. Prosecutors have one month to prepare formal charges.

It's estimated that there may be around 1000 former war criminals in Sweden, but in the eight years that the war crimes unit has existed, only 70 cases have been investigated. Several more investigations are under way.

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