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Somali Leaders Condemn Mogadishu Police Chief Arrest

Published tisdag 18 oktober 2005 kl 16.30
A young man stands, 02 May 2005 outside the ruined remains of Kafe Nationale, a former Italian shopping mall -- largest in Mogadishu -- in the centre of the Somalia capital that was first to be ruined when the Somalia government collapsed in 1991.

A faction of Somalia’s bitterly divided transitional government has condemned the arrest in Sweden of Mogadishu’s police chief, accusing Stockholm of a ”gross miscalculation” that could lead to renewed bloodshed in the lawless Horn of Africa nation.

A Mogadishu warlord and deputy prime minister in the splintered government, said Swedish authorities had overstepped their mandate in arresting the man on suspicion of genocide. 

He called for the immediate and unconditional release of the 57-year-old who was arrested in the southern Swedish city of Lund on Monday.

International prosecutor in Gothenburg, Mats Sällström, says the man does not have diplomatic immunity and can be tried in a Swedish court of law. 

International prosecutor in Gothenburg, Mats Sällström, says the man does not have diplomatic immunity and can be tried in a Swedish court of law. If the Swedish government goes ahead, he will be the first suspected war criminal to be tried here.

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