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Swedish MPs file lawsuit against Erdogan over Kurdish genocide

Parliamentarians in Sweden have filed a lawsuit against Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, accusing him of carrying out genocide against Kurds.

"We are five lawmakers handing in a complaint... (requesting) punishment for genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes," said Left party MP Annika Lillemets at a press conference in Stockholm.

The lawsuit also names several other Turkish politicians, including Prime Minister Binali Yildirim. Backed by Green Party lawmakers, it accuses Turkey of carrying out genocide and could lead to arrest warrants if pursued by Sweden’s prosecutor.

“Anyone, who in order to completely or partially destroy a national or ethnic group of people....is guilty of genocide,” the legislation states.

Green Party MP Carl Schlyter 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."

See more from the Independent here.