War Crimes

Police Face Difficulty in Investigating War Crimes

Swedish Police say they are finding it difficult to investigate war crimes. Since the founding of the Swedish War Crime Commission in March last year, the Police have received reports of 67 suspected war criminals, believed to be resident in Sweden. Out of these, 54 investigations have been cancelled, many without having been thoroughly looked into.

The majority of the reports come from the Swedish Migration Board and according to the police, they are often lacking in the information needed to proceed with the investigation. Also, investigating crimes committed in areas of the world still in conflict makes the work extra difficult.  The police are now looking for witnesses currently living in Sweden.

Out of the 67, 13 cases are still open and the police are currently investigating war crimes in the former Yugoslavia; Sierra Leone, and Rwanda.

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