From 1983 to 2005, Sudan was torn apart by a civil war between the Muslim-dominated north and Christian south.
A separate conflict in Darfur, the war-scarred region of western Sudan, began in 2003.
Thousands of people were killed and nearly 200,000 displaced.
A 2010 report by an activist group, the European Coalition on Oil in Sudan, alleged that Lundin Oil and three other oil companies helped exacerbate the war in southern Sudan by signing an oil exploration deal with the Sudanese government for an area the regime didn’t fully control.
Our ”investigation shows that the military and its allied militia systematically attacked civilians or carried out indiscriminate attacks,” Public Prosecutor Henrik Attorps said in a statement.
Swedish prosecutors have universal jurisdiction for certain international crimes and have used it to bring cases, among others, for crimes committed in Iran and Rwanda.
But the Lundin case is the highest profile as it concerns one of Sweden’s leading business families, who control several oil, mining and natural resource companies. »