• Sweden edition
 

Pakistan to free Swede held in terror probe

Published: 07 Oct 2009 17:30 GMT+02:00
Updated: 07 Oct 2009 17:30 GMT+02:00

Two other Swedes who were arrested at the same time as Benaouda, her 28-year-old boyfriend, Munir Awad, and Mehdi Gezhali, a Swedish national once imprisoned at Guantanamo Bay, are not going to released, however, said foreign ministry spokesperson Anders Jörle to the TT news agency.

It remains unclear when the remaining two Swedes, who have been the subject of a terror investigation, may be released.

Pakistan’s Minister of the Interior Rehman Malik announced the impending release of Benaouda and her son when he met with Sweden’s ambassador in Islamabad, Ulrika Sundberg.

There have been several previous reports that Benaouda had been released or was about to be released, but Wednesday’s news is the first time the information has been confirmed by both Swedish and Pakistani officials.

Malik, who is in charge of Pakistan’s police force, said on Tuesday that he would receive a report about the detained Swedes on Wednesday, at which time he would made a decision about their fate as soon as possible.

The Swedes have been detained since August 28th when they were arrested in northern Pakistan, along with seven Turks, an Iranian, a Russian, and one Pakistani, according the police.

The police reported that the group was arrested in a prohibited area near a nuclear power facility.

Police suspect the group was on its way to rendezvous with representatives from the Taliban in southern Waziristan, long considered a Taliban stronghold.

One of the Swedes claimed the group was in fact on its way to a meeting with a Muslim revivalist movement in the city of Lahore.

It took until September 16th for Swedish authorities to receive formal confirmation that the Swedes had in fact been arrested.

According to foreign ministry spokesperson Anders Jörle, personnel from Sweden’s embassy in Pakistan were able to meet the four Swedish detainees on one occasion.

TT/The Local (news@thelocal.se)

Don't miss...X
Left Right

Your comments about this article

02:13 October 8, 2009 by here for the summer
I clearly understand getting the 2 year old to safety should have happened earlier but why is the Swedish government so intent on getting his mother a 19 year old terror suspect released?
08:16 October 8, 2009 by hpunlimited
You do not split up a mother from its child, it is international law.
10:27 October 8, 2009 by boby
She is not a terrorist but a freedom figther. She should be declared a national hero in Sweden and the government should sent a private jet to collect her.
10:54 October 8, 2009 by peropaco
@Boby, considering how suck-balls stupid is the Swedish administration, it would not surprise me at all if the organize a ticker-tape parade for her and all of their home grown terrorist.
11:13 October 8, 2009 by Texrusso
This is good thing about Swedish Government, they fight for every citizen regardless of your color or race and situation. This type of attitude will pay off in the future. It will create more patriotism among naturalized and foriegn born Swedish Citizens: A feeling of belonging, strong ties for Sweden and ready to die for Sweden under any circumstances. That is what it means if you are citizen of a country. Just like the USA takes care of her own. President Clinton and his entourage had to fly to North Korea to negotiate for the release of 3 Americans of Korean decent. Does it matter if they are Asian decent? hell no!!! Most important thing is that they are American Citizens. The relationship between a state and citizens must always be fortified in every humanly possible way. Bravo to Sweden!!
11:24 October 8, 2009 by boby
LOL @ Texrusso

patriotism? In Sweden? You must be mad. Soon it will be not allowed to present the national flag in Sweden as it offend some of the 'Swedes'. This is the most segregated country I have ever seen. You cross the city from one side to the other, and its like to go to another plant.
12:01 October 8, 2009 by KamiZ
@boby

how exactly does a terrorism suspect become a freedom fighter? and what do you mean when you say "and its like to go to another plant"? did you mean planet? because plant doesn't make sense. come to think of it, neither does calling a terrorist a freedom fighter
12:02 October 8, 2009 by trinaican
@ boby..Im curious to find out why you think this is 'segregation'?
12:45 October 8, 2009 by DreEstwd
Agreed with Boby. His point was the when you go from say...Örgryte to Biskopsgården in Göteborg. Or from Malmö C to Rosengård it is like going from one planet to the next. And that is true! I had to go to Rosengård the other day and I definitely felt like I wasn't in Sweden anymore. More like Somalia or Iraq. Half of the signs on the stores were in Arabic. Didn't see one woman without a headscarf. I was half-expecting to see some form of morality police or the Mahdi Army walking around. The only funny part was that the food stores actually had to put up signs saying , 'Smackprova förbjuden." Integration was clearly not the goal there.
13:02 October 8, 2009 by HowSwedeitis
"Texrusso" is spot on.

Logic? With "Boby?" You must be mad.

-HSII
16:16 October 8, 2009 by boby
Sweden is very segregated. There are area for white swedes only, like Velinge or Limhamn in Malmo, Skanor, etc. Then you have the Muslim areas, like Rasengard. For all practical terms, Swedish law does not apply in the prodominentely Muslim areas. Swedish police and fire fighters wont go into Rasengard.

On the other hand, a Muslim trying to move to Velinge will have some serioues issues. The commun also refuses to take any refugees.
18:06 October 8, 2009 by Texrusso
@boby:

Not taking refugees into communities is more about value of properties than segregation. Secondly, most foriegners isolate them selves into one community, usually because rent is cheaper in that particular area or also because it is more comfortable for them to live among foreigners. I believe that if an immigrant/non native Swedes can afford to rent or buy a house in areas you mentioned like Velinge or Limhamn in Malmo, Skanor, etc were you said lived predominantly white/native Swedes, no one will deprive you of that. This is more a question of rich and poor, haves and have nots and in most cases the most foreigners are still under the middle class wage. At the end of the day, the property value falls in those community with large number of immigrants and this will also attract more and more under middle class and here we see a natural immigrant community forming and turning into what you so called segregation.
13:25 October 9, 2009 by here for the summer
This group which includes this woman the Swedish government spent tax payer money getting freed was reportly carrying detonaters.

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20091009/ap_on_re_as/as_pakistan
22:38 October 9, 2009 by DreEstwd
And this is the daughter of the leader of the Swedish Muslim Council. Way to represent.
Today's headlines
AstraZeneca raises earnings outlook after Pfizer bid

AstraZeneca raises earnings outlook after Pfizer bid

After fighting off a fierce takeover bid from Pfizer, Swedish-British drugmaker AstraZeneca raised its 2014 earnings outlook and posted rising second quarter sales on Thursday. READ  

Race to be scrapped from Swedish legislation
Integration Minister Erik Ullenhag meets children in Husby, Stockholm. Photo: Jonas Ekströmer/TT

Race to be scrapped from Swedish legislation

The Swedish government announced that it plans to remove all mentions of race from Swedish legislation, saying that race is a social construct which should not be encouraged in law. READ  

US aircraft 'violates' Swedish airspace

US aircraft 'violates' Swedish airspace

A mystery airplane that passed over Swedish airspace recently has been revealed as an American aircraft, sources revealed on Thursday. READ  

Elite schools stripped of 'special' privileges

Elite schools stripped of 'special' privileges

Sweden's three elite boarding schools can no longer charge tuition fees, the government announced on Thursday, in a string of changes following a two-year review. READ  

Bildt lays out four steps to Gaza peace
Photos: TT

Bildt lays out four steps to Gaza peace

Swedish Foreign Minister Carl Bildt stated that there are four steps to achieving peace in Gaza, and that it begins with removing the blockade - which has "played into Hamas' hands". READ  

Malmström snags EU commissioner post again

Malmström snags EU commissioner post again

Cecilia Malmström has been nominated to be the European Commissioner for another five years, Sweden's prime minister announced on Thursday. READ  

Stockholm Pride 2014
In Pictures: Stockholm's Historic Pride Party
Conchita Wurst belts out a ballad. Photo: Rebecca Jacobs

In Pictures: Stockholm's Historic Pride Party

With Stockholm's Pride Week in full swing, The Local's Rebecca Jacobs heads on down to the traditional Historic Party to take in the colours, Conchita, and the community. READ  

Two to hospital after Stockholm fire

Two to hospital after Stockholm fire

Two people were taken to hospital in the early hours of Thursday morning after a fire began in their central Stockholm apartment. READ  

Salmonella prompts Coop hamburger recall
Photo: Jim Cole/TT

Salmonella prompts Coop hamburger recall

Swedish supermarket chain Coop has recalled its in-store brand of fresh hamburger meat after a routine check revealed traces of salmonella in the meat. READ  

What's On in Sweden
Photo: Roger Vikström/TT

What's On in Sweden

It's Pride Week in Stockholm. Find out more about the celebrations (including the biggest Pride Parade in Scandinavia) as well as plenty of other activities in Sweden's three biggest cities. READ  

RECEIVE OUR NEWSLETTER AND ALERTS
National
Stockholm Pride bars Sweden Democrats
National
Gender neutral pronoun 'hen' enters dictionary
Society
Top ten cafes in Stockholm
People-watching
Gallery
People-watching - Stockholm Pride
Photo: Henrik Trygg/Imagebank Sweden
Society
Sweden worst in EU at getting foreigners jobs
Blog updates

31 July

Calling a speedo a speedo (Blogweiser) »

"There are a lot of speedos on Europe’s beaches. Some European males are evidently more comfortable sporting small, stretchy suits on public beaches than I would be. I accept it may be nice to have swimwear that’s not long and cumbersome. A speedo is maybe also good for tanning. But strolling around town in a..." READ »

 

27 July

Approaching Stockholm (Around Sweden in a kayak) »

"I woke up in the comfort of my own little cabin on Eva and Rolf’s boat, it was 7:30am and I was feeling a bit groggy after a couple of beers with all the lovely locals the night before. The previous day had really taken its toll on my body and I was very stiff and..." READ »

 
 
 
Lifestyle
Stockholm Pride kicks off
Analysis
The top six ways the US and Sweden differ
National
Swedish youth suicides hit 25-year high
National
Politician reported for selling 'negro ball'
National
Police turn blind eye to Swedish 'slave trade'
Gallery
Stockholm Pride: Allsång på Skansen with Conchita Wurst
Skatteverket
Sponsored Article
Introducing... ID cards and permits in Stockholm
Gallery
People-watching, June 26th - 28th. Get inside Stockholm's hottest nightclubs
Gallery
Top ten Swedish taboos
Society
Seven-year-old Swede cycles to Berlin
Politics
'Gaza conflict needs help, not empty rhetoric'
Society
Swedes voted 'most beautiful' in the Nordics
Business & Money
Sweden demands EU clarity on Bitcoin tax
National
Swedish organic sales enjoy 'amazing' growth
Photo: Johan Nilsson/TT
Society
What's On in Sweden
Gallery
People-watching July 23
National
Swedish cops elect not to shoot 'angry elks'
Business & Money
New alcohol retail rules threaten micro-breweries
Gallery
People-watching Båstad
Sponsored Article
Introducing... Your finances in Stockholm
Sponsored Article
Introducing... Housing in Stockholm
Latest news from The Local in Austria

More news from Austria at thelocal.at

Latest news from The Local in Switzerland

More news from Switzerland at thelocal.ch

Latest news from The Local in Germany

More news from Germany at thelocal.de

Latest news from The Local in Denmark

More news from Denmark at thelocal.dk

Latest news from The Local in Spain

More news from Spain at thelocal.es

Latest news from The Local in France

More news from France at thelocal.fr

Latest news from The Local in Italy

More news from Italy at thelocal.it

Latest news from The Local in Norway

More news from Norway at thelocal.no

741
jobs available
Swedish Down Town Consulting & Productions
Swedish Down Town Consulting & Productions is an innovative business company which provides valuable assistance with the Swedish Authorities, Swedish language practice and general communications. Call 073-100 47 81 or visit:
www.swedishdowntown.com
If you want to drink, that’s your business.
If you want to stop, we can help.

Learn more about English-language Alcoholics Anonymous in Sweden. No dues. No fees. Confidentiality assured.
AA-EUROPE.ORG/SWEDEN
PSD Media
PSD Media is marketing company that offers innovative solutions for online retailers. We provide modern solutions that help increase traffic and raise conversion. Visit our site at:
http://psdmedia.se