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Sweden deported man to the wrong country

Published: 17 Dec 2010 11:14 GMT+01:00
Updated: 17 Dec 2010 11:14 GMT+01:00

After the Iranian national lost his bid for refugee status in Sweden, police took him from a Migration Board (Migrationsverket) holding facility in Gävle in eastern Sweden, the local Arbetarbladet newspaper reports.

But instead of sending him back to Iran, the man was deported to neighbouring Iraq by mistake.

The man’s Swedish lawyer told the newspaper that his client was originally part of the Feili Kurd community in Iraq.

However, the man was kicked out of Iraq in the early 1980s during a mass expulsion of Feili Kurds by former Iraqi President Saddam Hussein, who accused them of being Iranian and stripped them of their citizenship.

According to the United Nations refugee agency UNHCR, hundreds of thousands of Feili Kurds ended up living in camps close to the Iran-Iraq border, and several thousand were eventually able to obtain Iranian citizenship.

While many Feili Kurds have returned to Iraq since the fall of Saddam Hussein, the 52-year-old man has no remaining ties to the country.

And according to the man’s lawyer, sending the 52-year-old back to Iran, from where the man fled in 2002, would put him at risk for torture and other forms of persecution.

While the 52-year-old sits in an Iraqi prison at the airport in Baghdad, the man’s lawyer has now reported police in Gävleborg and Stockholm counties to Sweden’s Parliamentary Ombudsmen (Justitieombudsmännen – JO) for botching his client’s deportation.

“The police can’t handle foreigners arbitrarily and dump them aboard in countries that are willing to accept them,” the lawyer wrote in his complaint, according to Arbetarbladet.

According to the paper, the ombudsman has decided to launch an investigation into the incident.

Attempts by The Local to reach the man's lawyer for comment on Friday were unsuccessful.

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Your comments about this article

11:38 December 17, 2010 by byke
"However, the man was kicked out of Iraq in the early 1908s"

"for botching his client's "

.... Story ? ;)
11:52 December 17, 2010 by jackx123
who gives a rats azz kick out the swine. it's sickening how immigrants are treated

see:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1339142/Asylum-seeker-Aso-Mohammed-Ibrahim-let-girl-12-die-stay-UK.html

not much different in sweden. it's sickening to see stuff like this
11:54 December 17, 2010 by rob582
1908s? Pretty old guy then.....
12:01 December 17, 2010 by Satch
My immigration paperwork was sent to the embassy in Bucharest...problem was that I was in Budapest.
14:06 December 17, 2010 by Iri
Good keep it up,.......I think they all were sleeping as today is Friday and snowy weather ,,,,The fog could be one of the reasons,,,
16:04 December 17, 2010 by Tanskalainen
I think he can walk from there to there.
16:11 December 17, 2010 by tadchem
Kurds aren't very welcome in Turkey, either. Since he has no ties to Iran, if they can't find a good reason to hold him, then after a few years they may kick him out, too. I wonder how many countries he can get deported from.

I am reminded of an old quip I heard growing up in Texas: "I've been kicked out of better places than this."
18:20 December 17, 2010 by alingsaskev
Actually, this time I don't think this was a mistake at all. The guy was from Iraq, and was kicked out of Iraq by a dictator who no longer dictates, therefore, when deporting someone - it would only be logical to deport them to the place of their birth.

However, in general Swedes are woefully ignorant of global geography and current affairs. One only has to take a look in a Swedish daily newspaper to understand that. Page one will be dedicated to" Väder Kaos", then there will be 20 or so pages of mostly pictures and diagrams regarding Swedish news, and then finally after about page 28 and an interesting article on Mrs Persson of Gävleborgs five legged cat and a recipe for Janssons Frestelse you might just catch a couple of column inches regarding what's happening in that frightening place beyond the borders of Sweden - (the bit marked on Swedish maps "There be Dragons").

Regarding Satches comment above - don't be too surprised that the Swedish Authorities confused Bucharest and Budapest - I would consider it a success story if most swedes could stick a pin in the map and get within 5,000 miles of Helsinki.
21:00 December 17, 2010 by junaid iqbal
This is not a mistake. But this is normal as Migrationsverket does often and also makes many wrong decesions. In 2007 a man was deported to Pakistan and after some days he was killed by opposite party. After his death Migrationsverket said , it was our mistake to send him back to his country.

So, these are normal things for decesion makers. Migraionsverket can send anybody to any where. Its not a funny news. Ha ha ha ha.......................
23:03 December 17, 2010 by Smiling Canuk
Next time they should check on MapQuest.
00:42 December 18, 2010 by Great Scott
To the Local

A message to the Local If we cannot comment on it, DO NOT PRINT IT
10:04 December 18, 2010 by cmbsweden
@tadchem

Grew up there as well, and your statement is right on.
13:31 December 18, 2010 by AussieAndy
"The police can't handle foreigners arbitrarily and dump them aboard in countries that are willing to accept them," the lawyer wrote in his complaint, according to Arbetarbladet.

He was sent back to his original country, Iraq that where willing to take him.
20:43 December 19, 2010 by jimmy1988
Iran, Irak what´s the difference! Just send him out from Sweden.
23:57 December 19, 2010 by wenddiver
"The police can't handle foreigners arbitrarily and dump them aboard in countries that are willing to accept them," the lawyer wrote in his complaint, according to Arbetarbladet.

Yes, they can, and they just proved it!!! Good for them!

@jimmy1988-Iran, Irak what´s the difference! Just send him out from Sweden.

Not enough to justify a whole letters difference in the name. Sandy hells, run by murder cults. I've been to both and believe me if you let them take over your country, we all are crazies.
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