In 1993, Jackie Arklöv joined the Bosnia-Croat army as a mercenary during the Yugoslavian war, and the Swede is accused, of among other things, beating, humiliating and torturing muslims in a camp in Mostar where he was a guard. Swedish Television is reporting that he admits most of what he is accused of.
Some of his alleged victims now live in Sweden and will be following the trial via a video-link.
Arklöv is already well-known in Sweden after being jailed for life in 2000 for his involvement in the murder of two policemen during a bank robbery the year in 1999, and he has been linked to neo-nazi groups.
He has already been found guilty of of war crimes once before. A court in Mostar gave him a jail sentence in 1995 but when he was transferred to a prison in Sweden he was released for a lack of evidence.
But new evidence emerged during a investigation into his alleged crimes which was started several years ago. His trial’s expected to last a few weeks.