Lundin Trial Begins September 5

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’s specification of the description of the crimes

On 9 November 2022, the Stockholm District Court ordered the Prosecutor to specify the description of crimes in the indictment that was issued on 11 November 2021. 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 …

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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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The Supreme Courts decision

The Supreme Court of Sweden decides that Alex Schneiter can be tried in Swedish Courts. Alex Schneiter requested that the district court should reject the indictment on the grounds that Sweden does not have jurisdiction to try him. The district court came to the conclusion that Alex Schneiter can be prosecuted in Swedish court and …

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Indictment of Ian Lundin, Alex Schneiter and Orrön/Lundin Energy

On 11 November 2021, the prosecutor brought criminal charges against Ian Lundin and Alex Schneiter for complicity in war crimes that they, as representatives of Lundin/Orrön Energy, allegedly committed in Sudan between 1999 and 2003. In October, 2022, at the request of the defence, the prosecutor presented an official translation of indictment. It is 231 …

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Ian Lundin and Alex Schneiter

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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Trial Planning Resumes – Lundin attacks the indictment

The District Court has decided to resume the planning of the trial against Ian Lundin, Alex Schneiter and Lundin Energy AB. Ian Lundin and Lundin/Orrön Energy responded with an appeal to the Court to reject the indictment for failing to properly describe the alleged crimes. The timing of their claim – eleven months after the …

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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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