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US held Swedish terror suspect 'for information'

Published: 26 Apr 2011 17:45 GMT+02:00
Updated: 26 Apr 2011 17:45 GMT+02:00

Swedish citizen Mehdi Ghezali was kept at the Guantanamo Bay prison camp for two years to provide the US government with information of the ‘recruitment’ of foreign Muslims in Saudi Arabia, according to documents made public by whistleblowing website WikiLeaks.

Following the attack on the World Trade Centre in New York in September 2001, the US military was bombing targets in Afghanistan with the aim to force out Osama bin Laden.

Ghezali, who was in Afghanistan at the time, was arrested when trying to exit through Pakistan and turned over to US military.

He was later taken to a prison camp located on US military base on Guantanamo Bay, Cuba where he remained for two years without being formally charged with anything.

The documents made public by WikiLeaks and reviewed by the Aftonbladet and Expressen newspapers reveal that Ghezali was kept at the prison camp to "give general and specific information of the cultural, religious and ethnic recruitment of foreign nationals participating in the Hajj pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia".

The WikiLeaks papers also show that the US wanted Ghezali to be kept in Swedish prison upon his return to Sweden, according to Aftonbladet.

According to the documents, the US military considered the Swede of "medium-high intelligence value" and that he constituted a medium-high risk because he "posed a threat to the United States, its interests, and its allies".

Ghezali was released from Guantanamo and arrived in Sweden in 2004.

A Pentagon statement at the time said that there were various reasons for Ghezali's release, including the fact that he had no information of interest to American intelligence services and that he had not committed a crime that could be proven in a military court.

In 2009 Ghezali, along with two others, were again arrested in Pakistan.

After spending more than a month in the custody of Pakistani officials, Ghezali and the other Swedes were released.

No terror charges were ever filed, although Ghezali was cited for entering the country without a proper visa.

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18:33 April 26, 2011 by Swedesmith
What did Weird Al Yankovic do now?
18:45 April 26, 2011 by Rey Stockholm
So he just happened to be in Afghanistan ! and then arrested again in Pakistan - without a visa !!
19:06 April 26, 2011 by Muff
@Rey

And the released......again! How rude!
19:21 April 26, 2011 by RobinHood
Would someone from the current US State department please reassure us the latest tranche of leaked documents about Guantanamo are forgeries.

They reveal a culture of either evil incompetence, or incompetent evil; not just from low-level staff, but way up the command structure. The documents show US prosecution lawyers agreeing that some prisoners (probably Al Quada) had been tortured so badly by the US military and/or security services, that they were unable to be presented for trial. Many are rotting in prison because the lawyers still don't know what to do with them; wait until they die seems to be the only option at the moment. If the rule of law canand be disregarded so easily in these cases, how else has the US degenerated from Reagan's "Shining city on a hill"?

If the documents are forgeries, those of us who know and love the US can be reassured that this wonderful country has not fallen into a pit of moral degredation so deep, the founding fathers (moral giants to a man) would weep in shame at what has become of their noble enterprise. Say it ain't so the US.
19:32 April 26, 2011 by philster61
And you wonder why Julian Assange dioesn't want to come to Sweden. He knows he won't get a fair trial. He would be tried under US law, not Swedish....
19:49 April 26, 2011 by here for the summer
The should have tried him and executed him when convicted ! The world would be a little safer .
20:04 April 26, 2011 by technoviking
@ Robin Hood

I'm cuing up the world's smallest violin right now to express my sympathy over the mistreatment of the poor downtrodden terrorists...

Actually, no, wait... I don't give a sh!t.

Wait until they die, or speed the process along sounds like a perfectly reasonable fate for these murderous animals. Perhaps it's too kind actually.
20:09 April 26, 2011 by saab
Swedish "citizen". Hmm, how did that happen? Did he put "terrorist" down as occupation... and did the authorities say "Hmm, we don't have any listed so we will accept him. Anything for the cause of diversity".

Everyday, the West digs its own grave. Pity.
20:58 April 26, 2011 by Muff
Seems like some here don't understand the meaning of ''he had not committed a crime that could be proven in a military court.''

Apparently releasing people that have not done anything wrong will be the end of the West!
21:00 April 26, 2011 by superturbo
but I'm sure he's still innocent, lol :P
21:08 April 26, 2011 by technoviking
@ muff

Yes, I'm sure he was sneaking in and out of Afghanistan to do some bird watching... twice.

And now he'll be back on our doorstep plotting the next bombing of innocent women and children while they Christmas shop... Glad you find that so amusing.

Hope it's your family shopping that day, not mine.
21:29 April 26, 2011 by Muff
@technoviking

The US recognised he had committed no crime, TWICE.

So unless it becomes illegal to travel to Pakistan or Afghanistan I will find moronic people screaming about imaginary things (that by the way in the end they don't even know why) amusing.

Not that I hope that anything happens to your family as you seem to hope about mine. You see I don't wish anything bad to people that disagree with me, it's called being decent and mature person.
22:11 April 26, 2011 by wxman
All Muzzies are suspects, until proven not guilty, period.
23:55 April 26, 2011 by jbat
.......
00:15 April 27, 2011 by chemist007
jbat@

u r right....american s first create political problems to start a civil war or turmoil. then american support rebels to sale weapons and gets advantage....real terrorist is america but american govt.know how to exploit other weak nations rather than to bring a positive change..........
00:17 April 27, 2011 by technoviking
@ muff

Yes, he was released so he must be innocent:

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lists_of_former_Guantanamo_Bay_detainees_alleged_to_have_returned_to_terrorism

Just sneaking in and out of Pakistan for the scenery...

Wake up.
00:25 April 27, 2011 by DamnImmigrant
Yah, I'm with @Swedesmith on this one -

What did Weird Al Yankovic do now?
02:45 April 27, 2011 by here for the summer
I agree with techno .. Muff ... I sincerely hope no one get's hurt when the next attack occurs imho we have been lucky but when they strike it would be poetic justice if the casualties included the naive apologists . @muff you are not decent for sure and maybe you are a terrorist or terrorist supporter !

btw:

The US did not recognize that he did not had commit a crime. They just said that they did not think they had enough evidence to convict him in court. huge difference .
07:03 April 27, 2011 by wenddiver
Pretty Bizarre war! How long do you think it would have taken to defeat Nazism, if the US Army had to convict each one before shooting their Soldiers or the Navy was allowed to bomb their U-Boat?????

Let's just hope they got enough information out of him to prevent any new terrorist bombing attempts in Sweden.

Hopefully, he will have nightmares and be in pain for the rest of his worthless life.
07:23 April 27, 2011 by Raiha
Sorry Muff, though I agree with you, it's clear that the US has won this round. Their propaganda machine has done its job beautifully.

First - the use of the word terrorist to apply to anyone and everyone. Not ACTUAL terrorists of course, because you have to kill innocents to be a terrorist. Nowadays, we don't need proof, we just mindread this evil intent...Or the US does...

Second - Being the educated folks you are, who actually bother to research this stuff instead of spouting on... You DO REALISE the Military were set impossible quotas to fill. You DO REALISE that to fill these quotas for Abu Graib and Guantanamo they were randomly targeting suburbs and conducting night raids where every male in the street over 5 ft was arrested 'under suspicion'. We're talking 12 year old boys that weren't terrorists before but AFTER being waterboarded and rubbed in fecal matter... ?!? Ask how many children died in these prisons. That's right, you don't care because they weren't white swedes.

You DO REALISE that it is only because Bush et al, are from some elite class above the law, that they are not in prison right now being charged with war crimes.

I have friends who've travelled to Pakistan and Afghanistan. Guess they want to kill my babies now and drink the blood???

You have far more to fear from the US and your own tunnel vision than you do from terrorists. Take a chill pill Technoviking and Here for the Summer.

God this site makes me despise Swedes. Shameful. I never did when I lived there.
08:59 April 27, 2011 by technoviking
@ Raiha

Surprise, another terrorist sympathizing immigrant on the Local.

Thankfully you are gone.

1 down, 500K to go...
10:18 April 27, 2011 by Kaethar
@Raiha: I hate idiots myself. Like you. Someone who "despises Swedes" based on comments in English at a news-for-expats forum... the jokes write themselves, really.
11:03 April 27, 2011 by LeoKinmann
If there is another terrorist bombing in Sweden I'll blame Lars Vilks anytime, for giving the terrorists and extremists reasons to, for the first time, not mistaking our country for Switzerland.
11:10 April 27, 2011 by johnny1939
The regulations for obtaining a Swedish citizenship ought to be tightened to 5 years uninterrupted stay in the country. Having a job that supports you. No criminal background of any kind. Knowledge of Swedish history and social system and fluency in Swedish. Is this too much to ask for?
11:13 April 27, 2011 by Raiha
Technoviking... Thanks for proving my point about the misuse of the word "terrorist".

You've even gone one better. We now have "terrorist sympathisers"... ie, everyone who believes in the right to be proven guilty first before the lynching begins!

This attitude towards "terrorists" (every Muslim, or anyone who doesn't agree with you, or kowtow to the US) is similiar to the Chinese and North Korean regimes against their own people.

Just because your God America tells you so doesn't make it true. Is Wikileaks wasted on you?

@Kaethar - I'm not talking about the immigrants here. I'm talking about the 'real' Swedes, you know... the racist, white supremists who think they're better than everyone else.
11:54 April 27, 2011 by Kevin Harris
The people of the US and its democratic allies have fought many wars togethor to protect the doctrines of freedom and justice established by Magna Carta. The rights of freedom of speech, freedom of association, freedom of religion, and plain old freedom and justice are born from that document.

The Wikileak documents on Guantanamo show us that whilst the enemies of freedom and justice, from without were defeated again and again, the enemy from within won in the end. People have been held for years by a US government, and are currently being held, without recourse to the law, under brutal torture, and most of all, without justice.

The doughboys of 1918, the soldiers at Omaha Beach, or the Marines at Iwo Jima did not pay so much, only to see the disgusting values of their defeated enemies become the disgusting values of their own grandchildren.

Every US citizen needs to evaluate what has been done in their name these last ten years, and whether it is a betrayal of the things Americans have always stood for, and died for. If you think kidnap, imprisonment without trial and torture are true American values, then you will be at home in your country now. If you (like America's finest generations) think that this is the stuff of tyranies, and that the doctrines of Magna Carta, so fundamental to the US Constitution, are worth fighting for, then its time to stand up and say so.
13:22 April 27, 2011 by here for the summer
Raiha

http://www.americandailyherald.com/20110422438/asia/suicide-bomber-recounts-his-deadly-terrorist-attack-on-pakistani-shrine

what do you say about this ?
15:08 April 27, 2011 by wenddiver
@Kevin Harris- Where did the US and Great Britain keep all the trial records for every enemy Soldier, Sailor and Airman of World War II, before killing them or locking them up in a camp????

Pretty bizarre rewrite of history.
15:37 April 27, 2011 by technoviking
I know you would prefer that the West wait passively to be attacked and just mop up the mess afterwards, but that's not how it's going to work.

This is a war against savage fanatics who INTENTIONALLY target civilians.

The difference between the US and the enemy is that prisoners were RELEASED from Guantanamo when they were determined to be "innocent"...and still many went straight back to plotting to kill. Where there are blatant abuses attempts have been made to condemn and correct them...

The enemy on the other hand cuts the heads off of civilians with a butcher knife.

Your comparison of a guy who sneaks in and out of an ACTIVE war zone in Tora Bora to a "traveller" reveals your sympathies clearly...

You would prefer we spare your supposed "innocents" however obviously suspect at the risk of our women and children.

You've chosen your side.

The reality is there hasn't been a successful attack on American soil since 9/11 despite legions of animals trying to do it. These are stopped partly via intelligence gathered in admittedly terrible interrogations. The system isn't perfect, but it's better than the other option which is passivity and being slaughtered.

But now, since sympathizers like yourself and bleeding heart Kevin Harris, have created such a fury over Guntanamo, US policy has changed...

They now just KILL everyone in field and let Allah sort them out instead of attempting to interrogate them.

pubrecord.org/world/5801/report-drone-strikes-increased/

Quieter and easier. Good work. Happy?

Maybe Guantanamo wasn't so bad after all...

FYI-- You're not going to hear me defend Bush or the Iraq war. I'd be happy to see him and Cheney go to jail for it. That doesn't mean sit and wait is a viable strategy either.
18:45 April 27, 2011 by Kevin Harris
@Wenddiver

As I wrote, "...the enemies of freedom and justice, from without were defeated again and again, the enemy from within won in the end."

I hope you are pleased with your disgusting victory, and ready to bear the consequences of living for a while in a land where justice comes second to expedience. But remember, countries like that, and people like you, always lose in the end. Much better men than you stand up and say "No". There's no need to rewrite history to show that.
20:57 April 27, 2011 by technoviking
@ Kevin Harris

"ready to bear the consequences of living for a while in a land where justice comes second to expedience."

If it's a land where my friends and family aren't being blown to pieces by stone age savages on a regular basis then absolutely...

And it appears that's the case. So, continue enjoying your philosophizing in peace...
10:01 April 28, 2011 by J Jack
Ghezali is a threat and always will be. Watch your back.
19:14 April 28, 2011 by Njal
@ Raiha

- I agree with you, the American government is essentially a fascist one, and the fact that there are some people here who think unrestricted/unobserved torture are a fair go, just reminds us of the level of deception pervading all society. These same people could care less because this particular issue does not affect them yet, so no compassion.

I also believe that the state of the world will not change unless America's people wake up, nevermind the rest of the world. There is no 'War on Terror' except the one we allow to be fought in our minds.
23:23 April 28, 2011 by technoviking
@Njal

"this particular issue does not affect them yet, so no compassion."

Kind of like the War on Terror to you...

It's all in your "mind" until someone tries to f'%$ing kill you.

Or your friends and family are killed. Been there done that. This is not a philosophical exercise, jacka$$ . It's kill or be killed with real lives at stake.

Go back to playing Kumbaya on your guitar.

The only thing the US needs to think about is protecting it's people from these animals.

What terrorist sympathizers in Sweden think about it couldn't be less relevant.
01:28 April 29, 2011 by Njal
@technoviking

"Kind of like the War on Terror to you... "

- yes, essentially techno, this war on terror is fabricated. Yes I realize that there are islamists blowing themselves (i don't approve of islam in any way you should know, nor any more than minor immigration from non-Western countries), but none of this happened in a vacuum remember? The CIA created Al Quaeda, and you're still scratching you're head as to why you're being bombed. Rabid islamism was not created by islam to fight the West, it was a CIA creation in response to Russian imperial agression in Afghanistan. So too, all the immigrants in the West, this was all done for a purpose, (i.e. keep our attention divided and misdirected?).

No terrorist would even be in Sweden if they were not brought enmasse by political elites whose BS multicultural fantasies have been proven wrong. We were sold out by politicians ( and i don't really care where in the West you live, multiculturalism was implemented worldwide).

" It's kill or be killed with real lives at stake."

- there is a small group of powerful elite who are delighted to have you feel so.

"Go back to playing Kumbaya on your guitar."

- way too easy sunshine, how 'bout Joe Walsh's 'lif of Illusion instead?

"The only thing the US needs to think about is protecting it's people from these animals."

- surely not the only thing techno, what about 911? Who will protect the people from the people protecting the people, (not too confusing i hope).

"What terrorist sympathizers in Sweden think about it couldn't be less relevant."

- I know you're more intelligent than that techno, if ever you've read my previous posts on the subject, you'll find I sure as hell don't sympathize with any damn suicide bombers, but I question the situations that gave rise to their being here amongst us in the first place, so i guess i just don't believe everything we'er being fed.

They were allowed in Techno, and guess by whom?
09:03 April 29, 2011 by technoviking
@ Njal

You are obviously a conspiracy theorist and an idiot.

The US may have clearly used Islamists to their advantage in the Afghan war decades ago, but they did not "create" radical Islam. That's been around for centuries and the US is not continuing to brainwash radicals around the world to kill us. I'm sure you think the US created the earthquake in Tokyo and was behind 9/11 as well.

I'm glad you find this all so amusing and that your paranoid fantasies help you explain world better so you don't have to think so hard.

The difference is I know people who died in 9/11. They are dead in real life, not in your fantasies.

In the meantime, those of us living in the real world will rest better knowing that people like Ghezali end up as fertilizer these days instead of in Guantanamo and will continue to as long as people like him exist. Til they are gone, no quarter.
16:20 April 29, 2011 by Njal
@technoviking

"That's been around for centuries "

- in Sweden tho', the question remains, how did they end up comfortably infiltrated in all Western countries

" I'm sure you think the US created the earthquake in Tokyo and was behind 9/11 as well."

- how are you sure I think that? and as for 911, if you truly believe now 10 years after the event that a bunch of arabs could have done all they did without any aid, and that they pre-wired the building to come down in a controlled demolition, then it's plain how easily duped you are. Haven't a clue about happenend Tokyo, perhaps as more evidence arises me may learn more, and maybe it just was an earthquake.

"I'm glad you find this all so amusing and that your paranoid fantasies help you explain world better so you don't have to think so hard."

- well if you've got the fundamental 'truth' to the great mysteries of life techno, I'll hear it ( if you can manage it without insults). But it's now 10 years after the event, and if you still believe that it really was a bonafide terrorist attack that was acheived without any complicity from the Bush admin. then you are easily duped, no one in North America is so ridiculously fooled as you seem to be. Bush, Rumsfeld and Cheneny should be at the end of a rope. I promise you I find nothing about this 'amusing'.

"The difference is I know people who died in 9/11. They are dead in real life, not in your fantasies."

- then you'd probably think that those people who did die would deserve the truth, and if you know someone who died there, then you have a greater obligation to learn and spread the truth. You would think that if they did die in a scripted event, that you'd want to bring those responsible to light so they wouldn't just walk away from their evil right?

"In the meantime, those of us living in the real world will rest better knowing that people like Ghezali end up as fertilizer these days instead of in Guantanamo and will continue to as long as people like him exist. Til they are gone, no quarter."

- if you truly beleive 911 was an islamist terror attack then your world is an illusion mate.

Conspiracy theories? Listen sunshine, there is no conspiracy when a bunch of greedy evil pigs (bush, cheney, Rumsfeld....etc), want to hang on to power. Why is that conspiracy theory to believe that a group of such people would employ such methods to retain that power? Well here's some fact for you techo I'd like you to argue away using evidence, not what you feel 'ought to be': controlled demolitions. They are an observed fact of 911 genius.
16:40 April 29, 2011 by technoviking
@ Njal

Like I said, you are an idiot conspiracy theorist.

Go back to your tin foil hat websites and spare me your lefty terrorist propaganda. I've read ALL the quackery and BS out there about this unfortunately for you and the terrorists who would like us to believe this, it's based on nothing that a sane or intelligent person would consider legitimate.

I was joking about Tokyo, but of course as a tin foil hat nutjob, you'd actually think the CIA is creating earthquakes, tornadoes and AIDs as well I'm sure...

If you think people in the US agree with you other than quacks and hippies, I invite you to go there and tell everyone you meet and see how many teeth you have left at the end of your visit.

All I can only say is that I hope you do get a taste of the reality someday and you can reflect at the necessity of the war against radical Muslim killers at the respective funeral. Til then, enjoy furthering their cause.
18:57 April 29, 2011 by Njal
@ technoviking

"Like I said, you are an idiot conspiracy theorist."

- yeah, but I don't believe everything I read

"Go back to your tin foil hat websites"

- nope, certainly not because you said so.

"I was joking about Tokyo, but of course as a tin foil hat nutjob, you'd actually think the CIA is creating earthquakes, tornadoes and AIDs as well I'm sure"

- as I said, I didn't know what was going on over there, that's all I said. Jump to paranoid conclusions much? But we do know that we have already been lied to about the containment rod storage, but I guess you knew that to. You actually only know what is told to you by the media but somehow you've privledged information as to the answer behind everything, but not telling me how or why I'm wrong. Your critical thinking skills are non-existent and you don't know when you're being lied to.

"If you think people in the US agree with you "

- yes actually, several million, the 911 comission itself said the investigation was totally inadequate, nobody seemed to take any notice.

"I invite you to go there and tell everyone you meet and see how many teeth you have left at the end of your visit."

- I've told most Yanks I know about it and they agree, I have all of my teeth as they were all pretty cool people and would never resort to such violence you suggest. They're not rabid, reactionary idiots who act/open their mouths before they think (i.e. look in mirror). By they way techno, don't talk as if you know how Americans think in aggregate about this matter, you don't.

"All I can only say is that I hope you do get a taste of the reality someday and you can reflect at the necessity of the war against radical Muslim killers at the respective funeral. Til then, enjoy furthering their cause."

- wishing misfortune upon others is a particular talent of yours techno, but I ain't impressed. Reality, do you really think somebody such as yourself has any idea of what reality is? Your view is way too skewed for that.

Questioning b*llshit elites about their conduct does not = love of muslim suicide bombers,

Enjoy the destructive hate-spiral moron
19:30 April 29, 2011 by technoviking
@ njal

Haha... Yes, you are clearly a rocket scientist.

Your "facts" are controlled demolitions. Something that's been debunked by every civil engineering professional organization, Popular Mechanics and university engineering departments everywhere for YEARS.

But of course these are all CIA front organizations. The few quacks selling the conspiracy for a living must be right vs. the entire rest of the profession.

Thanks for dropping the "knowledge" on me.

You are clearly a dipsh!t who's never even bothered to fact check anything. The facts are of course controlled by the Illuminati or the voices in your head or whoever you like...

The only people still believing in the controlled demolition conspiracy these days are crackpots and terrorist sympathizers. Which are you?
20:02 April 29, 2011 by Njal
@ technoviking

- Now if you're not gonna behave youself techno, I'm gonna have your mother take away your internet privledges. I'll mention it to her in the morning (wink).
20:12 April 29, 2011 by technoviking
@ njal

Sounds like an Illuminati conspiracy to suppress the truth to me. ;)
20:17 April 29, 2011 by Njal
@technoviking

(Njal away busy smashing in Techno's mother's back door...; )
13:08 May 1, 2011 by wenddiver
@NJAL-

- I've told most Yanks I know about it and they agree, I have all of my teeth as they were all pretty cool people and would never resort to such violence you suggest. They're not rabid, reactionary idiots who act/open their mouths before they think (i.e. look in mirror). By they way techno, don't talk as if you know how Americans think in aggregate about this matter, you don't.

I doubt if you have been to the US as you wuld know knocking people's teeth out and being cool are not contradictions. Especially if they say something about the Country. Only idiots don't know we are at war with legions of death cultists who have to be killed like a Zombie movie for the west to surrive.
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"Today on the 28 October in Brussels, a large group of key EU Ministers and business people, including UK Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change Edward Davey, and Swedish Environment Minister Lena Ek, will meet to discuss green growth. They all have a stake in resolving a challenge which, although it is crucial..." READ »

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