Swedish resident shot dead in Sarajevo

A 55-year-old resident of central Sweden was gunned down outside his rental property in Sarajevo late on Wednesday night after what police believe to be a botched burglary attempt.

“The man was killed in connection with a burglary against the property where he was residing,” confirmed foreign ministry spokesperson Linn Duvhammar to daily Dagens Nyheter (DN).

The would-be burglar, who was wearing a mask to disguise his face, was attempting to make his getaway while being followed off the property by the 55-year-old when he turned and fired, according to local paper Nezavisne Novine .

According to a relative of the deceased, one woman witnessed the incident.

“She told us she saw a masked man shoot him down,” the relative told the paper, according to daily Aftonbladet.

After the perpetrator had fired the shots he allegedly turned, looked at the woman, and then fled the scene.

The man was a resident of central Sweden. He had come to the country as a refugee after the war in Bosnia, and recently testified in a Canadian trial against a Serbian prison camp guard.

The 55-year-old had been a prisoner at the infamous Belica camp himself and had told the court about inmates being tortured with electrical shocks and beatings.

Sarajevo police have started a preliminary investigation into the incident, which has been classified as murder. His family in Sweden have been notified, according to the paper.

TT/Rebecca Martin

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German court told to retry Rwandan convicted of war crimes

A mammoth case against a Rwandan man accused of masterminding massacres in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo from his home in Germany, will have to be reopened, Germany's highest penal court ruled Thursday, overturning his conviction.

German court told to retry Rwandan convicted of war crimes
Murwanashyaka during an MDR interview 10 years ago in November 2008. Photo: DPA

The Federal Court of Justice Thursday confirmed the verdict against Musoni. But it found that part of the case against Murwanashyaka was flawed – both in his favour and against.

“The guilty verdict is therefore to be completely annulled, even though the conviction of the accused as a leader of a terrorist organisation was without 
legal error per se,” said the court.

Murwanashyaka had been found guilty of abetting five attacks by FDLR rebels 
on Congolese settlements in 2008-2009.

But the court said the initial verdict by the higher regional court of Stuttgart did not sufficiently prove that Murwanashyaka's support of at least one of the attacks was premeditated.

The judges ordered the Stuttgart tribunal to take a fresh look at his role in all five attacks.

They also disagreed with the previous decision not to judge the accused for crimes against humanity as well as war crimes.

Musoni was allowed to go free after the ruling because he had already been in pre-trial jail for almost six years and, therefore qualified for conditional release for good behaviour. Murwanashyaka currently remains in jail.

The original verdict in the case, after a trial that lasted more than four years, was at the time hailed as a breakthrough by the United Nations in efforts to bring FDLR commanders living abroad to justice.

The two Rwandans, who have lived in Germany for more than 20 years, were 
initially accused of 26 counts of crimes against humanity and 39 counts of war  crimes.

But over time that was whittled down to charges related specifically to the killings, in part because the court decided not to further tax the vulnerability of traumatised rape victims or child soldiers by making them appear before the hearing.

The judge back then said the difficulties encountered by the prosecution in  the biggest such trial in Germany as well as the length of time the case took had been “unacceptable”.