The Swedish authorities were in contact with the War Crimes Tribunal in the Hague before the arrest

Suspected War Criminal Arrested

A 43-year-old Swede of Bosnian origin was arrested on Tuesday in northern Sweden for suspected war crimes during the civil war in the Balkans. As a guard at a prison camp for civilian Bosnian Serbs he is accused of murder, torture and other violence against those interned there.

This is the first time an investigation by the Swedish police's special war crimes unit could lead to a trial here. The man’s lawyer says he denies the accusations.

It’s estimated that there may be around 1000 former war criminals in Sweden, but in the eight years that the war crimes unit has existed, only 70 cases have been investigated. Several more investigations are under way.

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