Swedish Military Held Back Torture Report

The Swedish Ministry of Defence is under attack for not reporting the alleged torture of a Congolese prisoner during a Swedish-French peace mission in 2003.

The incident is said to have lasted eight hours and was carried out by French soldiers at the Swedish-French camp Chem Chem in the Congo. According to an investigative report on Swedish television, the Swedish military did not intervene in the Congolese man’s so-called interrogation, described as “incredibly degrading” by a witness. The Swedish Military’s own enquiry paints a different picture: according to them, the torture was halted by a Swedish lieutenant, and he has been disciplined for not reporting the incident at the time. The French military have undertaken their own investigation and claim there is too little evidence available.