A “Swede” who allegedly committed a murder in Sweden four years ago absconded to Iraq, and has now been arrested by Iraqi police. A Swedish prosecutor wants to make sure the misguided youngster isn’t tried in Iraq, because he might be executed. And also prevented from drawing his social benefits.
OK, so I made that last part up. But still…
Iraqi murder suspect arrested in Iraq — Swedish prosecutor wants to bring him here
November 13, 2022
A 35-year-old man who was wanted for a suspected murder in Vivalla in Örebro in 2018 has been arrested in Iraq. The arrest reportedly occurred a year ago, and the Swedish prosecutor has attempted to get Iraq to extradite the man to Sweden.
The 35-year-old suspect is an Iraqi citizen, and therefore Iraq wants to try him itself.
But the Swedish prosecutor doesn’t think that is a good idea. If the man is convicted of the crime in Iraq, he risks the death penalty — something that the Swedish prosecutor doesn’t want to participate in.
The prosecutor tells P4 Örebro [Sweden Radio] that he has lifted the order for extradition from Iraq and now hopes the suspected man will be released and go to another country — to be arrested there instead.
The prosecutor — who was previously the preliminary investigative leader in the (Olaf) Palme investigation — would rather see the suspected murderer set free than be sentenced in his homeland of Iraq.