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Army: "Allegations of a cover-up are groundless"

Uppdaterat onsdag 2 mars 2011 kl 20.45
Publicerat onsdag 2 mars 2011 kl 19.11
Sverker Göranson, Commander-in-Chief of the Swedish Armed Forces at a press conference. Photo: Jessica Gow/Scanpix.

After revelations that the two Swedish officers, who were shot to death in Afghanistan last February, could have been killed by friendly fire, the Armed Forces has responded to criticism from politicians.

Spokesman for the Green Party, Peter Eriksson, has demanded that the government makes its own investigation into the incident.

"I think it sounds like there has been a fear of taking this discussion," he told TV 4 news. "It is a mistake to try to quiet down the issue."

But other Parliamentarians, like Håkan Juholt, Social Democrat and chairperson of the Riksdag's defense committee, don't believe it's a question for politicians. Juholt says that for the Parliament's part, there's no reason to take this further.

However, Staffan Danielsson, a Center party's representative to the committee, however, wants the Swedish Armed Forces and the prosecutor to show the information available.

On its website, the Armed Forces inspector writes that allegations of a cover-up are groundless. According to his statement, all documents were submitted to the police and prosecutor who investigated the incident, and the prosecutor's investigation couldn't show with enough certainty that Swedish bullets had caused the deaths.

And according to what the prosecutor, Christer Petersson, who led the preliminary investigation into the case told Swedish Radio news, the investigation cannot be taken up again, regardless of whether or not the cause of death was friendly fire. He explains that it would be impossible to identify the exact weapon that the bullets came from, and since Sweden does not have collective punishment, it becomes a moot point.

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