Swedish resident prosecuted for Syrian war crimes
A 46-year-old man living in Karlskoga is being prosecuted today for breaches of international law for having participated in the murder of seven captured soldiers in Syria in 2012.
The crime is believed to have taken place in May 2012. The 46-year-old Syrian national had travelled to Syria from Italy to fight with a rebel group against government forces.
Part of the evidence presented by the prosecutor is a video purportedly showing the prosecuted man taking part in the murder of seven government soldiers who had their hands tied behind their backs.
“The soldiers were defenceless when this happened. We claim that the suspect’s participation in the execution is in breach of international humanitarian law, which among other things is intended to protect combatants,” the head of the preliminary investigation, Kristina Lindhoff Carleson, told Swedish Radio.
The 46-year-old sought asylum in Sweden in 2013 and has lived here since. He was arrested and detained in March 2016. According to public prosecutor Henrik Attorps, the man admits having taken part in the executions but denies that his actions were unlawful.