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Sweden to interrogate oil firm over human rights violation in South Sudan


October 18, 2018 (LONDON) - The Swedish centre-left government Thursday approved the prosecutor’s application to question Lundin Petroleum’s chairman, Ian Lundin, and CEO, Alex Schneiter, for gross human rights violations in South Sudan.

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An aerial view of an oil field near the town of Bentiu, Unity state (AP)

In 2010, Swedish prosecutor opened a preliminary investigation into Lundin Petroleum’s activities in Sudan and South Sudan after a report by the European Coalition on Oil in Sudan (ECOS) said the company was possibly complicit in human rights abuses in Block 5A between 1997 and 2003.

The prosecutor needs permission from the government to prosecute offences committed abroad by foreign nationals. In this case, there are suspicions against a Swedish citizen and a Swiss citizen.

Justice Minister Morgan Johansson welcomed the process due to the serious allegations as he said.

"The case of a serious suspicion of a crime, and there is also a clear link to Sweden," says Johansson.

Alex Schneiter, Lundin’s chief executive who was head of exploration at the time, and Ian Lundin, the company’s chairman and son of its founder, have been suspects since 2016 when they were interviewed by prosecutors.

Lundin Petroleum has been accused of aggravating the conflict with his presence. Among other things, it is argued that government forces used infrastructure that the company built for attacks that affected the civilian population on a large scale.

The punishment of gross human rights violations can lead to life imprisonment. But no date has been yet determined.

Reuters reported that it may take place by the end of the year.

But the two suspects seem confident as they do not expect to be prosecuted.

“Personally, I am convinced the investigation will not lead to prosecution,” Lundin Petroleum chairman Ian Lundin told the daily newspaper Dagens Industri on Friday.

“There are no grounds for the allegations,” he said, adding that he had repeatedly asked the prosecutor to have an opportunity to answer his questions.

Also, Lundin condemned the government agreement approval for the investigation of its leading members.

"We find it unacceptable that the prosecution Department has approved this application from the prosecutor to continue the case," says Robert Eriksson, Press Officer of Lundin Petroleum.

"We remain convinced that there are no grounds for any allegations of wrongdoing against any representative of Lundin,” he further said.

Shares in Lundin fell 2.5 per cent on Thursday, according to the Financial Times.

Lundin Oil is no longer operating in South Sudan. The Swedish oil firm sold its assets to Canada’s Talisman Energy in 2001 while the rest of the company continued to operate under the new name Lundin Petroleum.


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  • 19 October 07:19, by Midit Mitot

    Too much, every one milking South Sudan resources through his/her own way.

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    • 19 October 09:00, by jubaone

      Midit Mitot
      SS is like a public toilet and anyone can shit into it as long as you pay just a few cents for services like cleanliness. It may stink but it served its purpose. Who cares anyway? Jienge toilet cleaners and keepers are busy cashing.

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      • 19 October 12:37, by South South


        Please grow up and act like a man with your education. This interrogation of oil firm go back to 1997 and 2003. Was Dinka tribe in charged of Sudan that time? This is like you, Eastern, The Rhino shit somewhere and then smear himslef, then cry for being smeared by a Dinka, what a wicked blind hatred!!!!

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        • 19 October 19:18, by The Rhino

          South South,

          Nobody can deny the truths on the ground.South Sudan has been totally ruined by your worthless jienge creatures.You morons are always inclined to shit all over the place and expect others,..Jubaone,Eastern,The Rhino and foreigners who feed you to clean up your reeking shit,NO,its you to grow up and clean your own shit,damn it!Look,almost everywhere across the country you see chaos,..

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          • 19 October 19:24, by The Rhino

            South South,

            ...theft,murderers,rapists etc, and still individuals like you can’t recognize that. They keep supporting the wicked and doomed jienge regime.What exactly is inside your head troll,shit maybe?

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  • 19 October 20:53, by Eastern

    South South,

    Don’t freak out! We are building our case step by step. Remember the oil from South Sudan is not consumed at home. Just watch this space for the biggest news ever. You better hold your breath.

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    • 19 October 21:01, by South South


      You are weak, confused and unorganized, why should I waste my time to listen to you.

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      • 19 October 22:07, by The Rhino


        "We are building the case, step by step"...excellent words! We are methodically going down to the whole shit,why..b’cos it has long turned into a messy reality.Its a one way traffic in South Sudan’s political scenes these days.He who never realizes these facts is either a total dumb idiot,retard or a f**king marionette.There are many of those around here these days.But as always, there..

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        • 19 October 22:20, by The Rhino


          ...are EXCEPTIONS! True Equatorians will never ever bow down to a jienge or nyagat within our own habitat HOME EQUATORIA!...NEVER!!! I’ve always stated that again and again.I’m not a big fan of this Riak Machar,why...b’cos he played and betrayed his own innocent Nuer people, let alone the rest in the country who still dance to his devilish fiddles.If he can do damages to his own Nuers...

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          • 19 October 22:33, by The Rhino


            ...what would holt him back from doing more evil damages to the rest of non Nuer South Sudanese?...simple logics.Now,rational South Sudanese have to be very careful not to fall into Riak’s or Kiir’s traps.These two delusional maggots have a never ending drama.Simply cut,..same people, same politics, same chronic faces will always promise same results and doom to South Sudan.So,sharp.....

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            • 19 October 22:38, by The Rhino

              ...children of South Sudan must never be fooled and led by such power hungry morons.Its time to turn on to the next page!..come now,come then,..f**k these morons better get prepared goddamn it!

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              • 21 October 08:21, by Pakuai

                Sweden, Denmark, Germany, Finland, the Netherlands (not where the criminals South African (so-called Africaans), came from; Russia, Chinese and other countries. My Lowly informed South Sudanese fools. We are here. I am the one who will help bomb the evil white Americans, English people, English people, their evil juus (so-called israelis)>>>>

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                • 21 October 09:13, by Pakuai

                  The owners are here. Remove your rubbish from South Africa, Kenya, Central Kenya, so-called ethiopia and here in South Sudan. We want a war, I am the one who is going to bomb the evil English people, their UN, their US, their and some their creepy allies we don’t want here in our country----reasons, pure HATRED & RACISM.

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