Swedish MPs file legal complaint against President Erdogan for genocide and crimes against humanity

Swedish MPs file legal complaint against President Erdogan for genocide and crimes against humanity

A complaint has been filed against President Erdogan

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Swedish MPs have filed a legal complaint against Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, accusing him of genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes.

Five lawmakers, representing both Left and Green parties, signed the complaint, which is thought to be the first of its kind in Sweden.

The complaint is in relation to the conflict in the south east of Turkey, which has a Kurdish majority. The fighting between Kurdish rebels and Turkish security forces has continued since a truce ended in 2015.

Not only does the complaint target the President, it also mentions the Prime Minister Binali Yildirim and other ministers, Kurdish Question reported.

Courts in Sweden are allowed to judge humanity crime cases no matter the location or the identity of those accusded of carrying them out.

The Public Prosecution Office is now to decide whether it will start a preliminary investigation.

Lawmakers claim if the investigation begins, President Erdogan may face an arrest warrant in Sweden.

Green Party MP Carl Schlyter has said: “If [Erdogan] is hindered from roaming around in Europe and influencing European countries the way he wants, then I hope that this will affect his politics."

In March the UN Human Rights Office published a report containing allegations of mass destruction, killings and human rights violations taking place in the south-east of Turkey between July 2015 and December 2016.

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