SWEDEN: Police must increase the effort when it comes to investigating refugees and unaccompanied minors who have committed war crimes in the countries they fled. Otherwise, there is a risk of Sweden becoming a "haven for war criminals," warns the authority.
The War Crimes Commission gets five new investigators this year, police write in a press release.
- Among those who come to Sweden, there may be those who suffered or witnessed war crimes, but also war criminals. It is important that such information comes to the attention of the police, so that Sweden does not become a safe haven for war criminals, says Christer Nilsson, head of the investigative unit of Noa.
It is of course a good start to assign five new investigators to look for Sweden's many war criminals, but it is far from enough. 162,000 migrants and refugees came to Sweden last year, and many of those had no identification papers. Among those, terrorists from ISIS also came along, so there is of course a good possibility that Sweden already is a safe haven for war criminals.
Asylum and immigration from the Arab world and Africa, has therefore placed new demands on the police. So far, the Swedish war crime investigations have mainly involved crimes committed long ago, for example, in Bosnia, Kosovo, Rwanda and Sudan, but today police often become aware of a suspected criminal past as modern technology makes the flow of evidence better. More often war criminals are caught because of images and videos on their mobile phones, and often they even upload videos and pictures of their crimes online themselves.
- War crimes are therefore more or less ongoing and easier to prove, says Christer Nilsson.
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