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Sweden court hands down first modern-day war crimes conviction

[JURIST] Jackie Arklov, a Swedish citizen who volunteered with a Croatian militia during the Bosnian war, was convicted of war crimes Monday in what the Stockholm District Court called [statement, in Swedish] the first occasion in modern times that a Swedish court has convicted someone of violating international law. Arklov was found guilty of torturing Bosnian Muslim prisoners of war and civilians in 1993 and was ordered to pay damages ranging from $10,100 to $62,000 to his victims. He was not sentenced because he is currently serving a life sentence in Sweden for committing armed robbery and killing two police officers in 1999.

The new conviction is expected to negatively affect Arklov's chances for parole. AP has more. DPA has additional coverage.

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