The trial

Ian H. Lundin and Alexander Schneiter are the Chairman and former CEO of Lundin Energy, a Swedish oil company with significant operations in Norway. They are charged in Sweden under universal jurisdiction for aiding and abetting international crimes in Sudan/South Sudan between 1997-2003. The prosecutor will also seek forfeiture of €300 million in criminal benefits from Lundin Energy itself. Two other oil companies, Petronas and OMV, are directly linked to the case as were Lundin’s partners in its allegedly criminal enterprise. The trial is of importance to hundreds of thousands of people in South Sudan who experienced the investigated gross violations and have been denied their right to remedy and reparation. The case has the potential to sharpen the standards regarding corporate liability for aiding and abetting human rights abuses.

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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Will Supreme Court Limit Sweden’s Ability to Prosecute War Criminals?

Alex Schneiter has argued that the Swedish courts do not have jurisdiction over him. This claim has already been rejected by the District Court, the Svea Court of Appeal and the Prosecutor General of Sweden. Now, the Swedish Supreme Court has decided to clarify Sweden’s jurisdictional boundaries. If the Supreme Court agrees with Schneiter’s argument, …

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Sweden has Jurisdiction over war crimes suspect Alex Schneiter, states the Prosecutor General

The court case against Ian Lundin, Alex Schneiter and the company Lundin Energy is on hold awaiting the Supreme Court’s decision to decide if Sweden has jurisdiction to try Alex Schneiter. On the 20th of May, the Prosecutor General of Sweden, Petra Lundh contested the defense argument that Sweden would not have jurisdiction to prosecute …

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Petra Lundh, Prosecutor General, Sweden

Prosecutor requests the Court to prepare the trial against Lundin Energy

The first witness testifies in Court about Lundin’s devastating presence in South Sudan Prosecutor Henrik Attorps urged the court to proceed with the trial against the Lundin defendants after a recent request by Alex Schneiter halted the proceedings. Further delays jeopardize the integrity of the trial as key witnesses may eventually not be able to …

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Lundin’s crimes – were they intentional?

On 11 November, 2021, Ian Lundin and Alex Schneiter, two top executives of Lundin Energy, were indicted for complicity in atrocity crimes. To prove complicity in a crime, the prosecutor must show that the accused acted with intent. In Swedish law there are three levels of intent which require different levels of awareness. The Chairman …

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Lundin Indicted for War Crimes

The public prosecutor, Henrik Attorps, has formally indicted two representatives of Lundin Energy AB for complicity in grave war crimes in Sudan from 1999 to 2003. Lundin’s Chairman Ian H. Lundin and Director Alex Schneiter will be tried by the Stockholm District court. The prosecutor argues that the accused have aided and abetted grave war …

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Ian Lundin and Alex Schneiter

Lundin rebuffed by the Supreme Court

The Supreme Court of Sweden has today rejected the request by the defense lawyers of Ian Lundin, Alex Schneiter and Lundin Energy to hear their appeal to end the war crimes investigation against them. The suspects had argued that their right to a fair trial within a reasonable time has been infringed, invoking article 6(1) …

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Prosecutor is ready & the Court rejects a last request from Lundin

Newsletter 2, 6 July 2021 Swedish Prosecutor Henrik Attorp has informed the District Court of Stockholm that he is planned to finish his last remaining task in the Lundin case in the last week of June, but he could not give a date for the indictment. The Prosecutor’s letter is a response to the Court’s …

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