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The significance of the Lundin trial

The Lundin trial stands out for its importance for hundreds of thousands of survivors of war crimes in South Sudan. Never before has anybody been brought to justice for his role in these crimes, that were routinely committed by all parties to Sudan’s civil war. The hearings will be closely followed in South Sudan. Also, …

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Lundin no longer investigated for obstruction of justice

Prosecutor Thomas Ahlstrand has closed the criminal investigation into alleged bribery, harassment and threats to court witnesses by Ian Lundin, Alex Schneiter and representatives of Lundin Energy.[1] He affirmed that there had been powerful effort to unduly influence witnesses in their interest, but that it cannot be ruled out that others wanted to make them …

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Norwegian NCP will consider complaints against AkerBP and Aker

The National Contact Point for Responsible Business Norway (NCP) admitted the complaints against Norwegian oil company Aker BP and its largest shareholder Aker that were brought by 8 South Sudanese and European organizations. They argue that Aker BP’s merger with Lundin Energy’s oil and gas business breached the human rights clauses of the OECD Guidelines for …

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Lundin Trial will start on September 5th

On January 11, the Stockholm District Court decided that the trial should begin in September this year. Two days later the court rejected the prosecutor’s petition to hold more pre-trial hearings. Meanwhile the defence filed several complaints arguing that the indictment is too vague.  The Stockholm District Court decided on 11 January that the trial against Ian …

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Prosecutor Updates the Indictment in the Lundin War Crimes Case

The prosecutor in the Lundin case has provided additional information about the alleged war crimes in Sudan 1999-2003. As requested by the court Henrik Attorps, the public Prosecutor, included one document setting out the defendants’ role within the company and how these contributed to the war crimes and one document which specifies the crimes. The …

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Court orders Prosecutor to specify charges against Ian Lundin

The Stockholm District Court ordered the Prosecutor on 9 November 2022 to specify the description of crimes in the indictment that was issued on 11 November 2021. The decision rewards the complaint by Ian Lundin and Lundin/Orrön Energy that the current description does not allow for an adequate preparation of their defence. The ruling puts …

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Supreme Court: Sweden has Jurisdiction over Lundin’s Alex Schneiter

The Supreme Court of Sweden confirmed on 10 November, 2022, that Sweden can prosecute Lundin’s former CEO Alex Schneiter. The decision ensures that Sweden continues to honour the principle of universal jurisdiction, that prevents those who committed serious crimes from finding a safe haven in third countries. With its decision, the Court confirms Sweden’s commitment …

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