Lundin Oil, War crimes: Sweden has charged two executives of a Swedish oil exploration and production company for complicity in the military’s war crimes in Sudan from 1999 to 2003, including in its dealings with the country’s regime to secure the company’s oil operations in the African nation.
Lundin Oil executives Ian Lundin and former CEO Alex Schneiter are charged with aiding and abetting international law offenses in Sudan 1999-2003.
According to the Public Prosecutor’s Office, the company’s chairman Ian Lundin is charged with aiding and abetting international law offenses, serious crime, during the period May 1999 and March 2003. And Alex Schneiter for aiding and abetting during the period October 2000 and March 2003.
In connection with the prosecution, confiscation is also claimed from Lundin Energy AB for a total of SEK 1,391,791,000, which according to the prosecutor corresponds to the value of the profit the company made from the sale of the business in 2003, according to the press release.
The preliminary investigation, which began in 2010, now covers over 80,000 pages and contains hundreds of interrogations and testimonies.
Former Swedish Foreign Minister Carl Bildt, a former board member of the company, was heavily criticized for his involvement in Lundin Oil and their operations in Sudan. He is called to testify at the trial.