Tigrai Onlne - July 02, 2014
A Swedish law firm Tuesday reported several top Eritrean leaders to the police for crimes against humanity, as a new law took effect enabling such crimes committed anywhere else in the world to be prosecuted in Sweden.
The report lists a series of alleged crimes including torture and kidnapping, and targets Eritrean President Issaias Afeworki and several of his ministers by name.
"This is not only symbolic. We believe there are legal grounds to prosecute the people we have named," human rights lawyer Percy Bratt told AFP.
The legal move was the first of its kind in Sweden, filed the same day that crimes against humanity were introduced into the Swedish penal code.
The code enables judges to prosecute crimes regardless of where they have been committed or by whom.
"There is a lot of evidence from human rights groups, particularly about indefinite imprisonment without trial (in Eritrea)," said Bratt.
Source: AFP via Yahoo news http://news.yahoo.com/eritrean-leaders-targeted-swedish-crimes-against-humanity-law-185834298.html