Swedish investigation into a militant accused of war crimes in Syria

Swedish prosecutors have revealed that the militant, Osama Karim, who will be tried on Wednesday for his involvement in the 2015 Paris attacks, is also under investigation in his country for “war crimes” in Syria.
Quoting the French agency, a spokesman for the Public Prosecution Office said that a preliminary investigation by the Swedish Public Prosecution Office “is underway into aggravated war crimes committed in Syria,” confirming information reported by Le Monde newspaper.
Belgian investigators also identified Osama Karim, who was involved in the March 22, 2016 attacks in Brussels, as one of the executioners of the Jordanian pilot, Moaz al-Kasasbeh, who was killed by ISIS in early 2015 in Syria. The pilot Al-Kasasbeh was burned alive while he was locked in a cage, and the militant group released pictures of his killing.
The newspaper reported that the Swedish investigation that was opened on February 9 against Osama Karim relates specifically to this execution.
The Swedish judiciary did not want to confirm this point, referring to the confidentiality of the investigation.
Karim, who used to live in the southern Swedish city of Malmö, went to Syria in 2014, before returning to Europe by taking advantage of the immovable routes of migrants.
The investigation confirmed that he was received on the night of 2 to 3 October 2015 in Ulm, Germany, by Salah Abdeslam, the only surviving member of the “jihadist” groups that carried out the Paris attacks, along with two other members of the cell.
Karim was arrested in April 2016 in Belgium.
About 300 Swedes or residents of Sweden, a quarter of them women, joined jihadist organizations in Syria and Iraq, mainly between 2013 and 2014, according to the Scandinavian country’s intelligence service, and half have since returned home.
Trials against them remained rare, as there was no Swedish legislation, when the facts occurred, that would allow the trial of “returnees” for their association with a terrorist organization.
In December 2015, the Swedish judiciary sentenced two Swedes to life imprisonment, accusing them of participating in the execution of two people by beheading them in Aleppo, northern Syria.
In March, a 31-year-old Swedish woman was sentenced to three years in prison for taking her son with her to Syria.

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