Sweden Hunts War Criminals

The Swedish police service are stepping up their search for war criminals living in Sweden.

The new war crimes commission is looking into the cases of four Swedish residents who are suspected of committing war crimes during the war in former-Yugoslavia in the 1990s, report Swedish newspaper, Svenska Dagbladet.

Set up in Stockholm in March, the commission has nine members as well as four specialised prosecutors from the international prosecution authority. They work together investigating serious human rights crimes.

The suspected war criminals in Sweden come mainly from Irak and countries in the Balkans. According to the police, others come from Somalia, Sudan, Afghanistan and Sierra Leone.

But the Swedish authorities have to move fast, as the war in the Balkans will soon lie outside the 15 year period of prosecution for the crime.