Swedes accused Turkish leader of genocide
Swedish lawmakers have filed a complaint against the Turkish President, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, accusing him of genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes.Erdogan can accurately be described as a despot. He also has exhibited animosity toward the Kurds in words and deeds. Whether the Swedes can expand their jurisdiction to prosecute him is another question.
Five MPs filed the lawsuit with Sweden’s public prosecutor for Mr Erdogan’s role in the bloody conflict between Turkish forces and Kurdish militants since 2015.
The complaint is the first in Sweden to be lodged against a head of state, and also names several other Turkish ministers including the country's Prime Minister Binali Yildirim. If it is pursued, it could see an arrest warrant issued against Mr Erdogan.
It comes after a 2014 law was passed to allow the country’s courts to preside over any case involving crimes against humanity, regardless of where the crime was committed.
“Anyone, who in order to completely or partially destroy a national or ethnic group of people....is guilty of genocide,” the legislation reads.