CIA terror deportee released from Cairo jail
Published: 11 Aug 2011 08:06 GMT+02:00
Updated: 11 Aug 2011 08:06 GMT+02:00
Ahmed Agiza, one of the two Egyptians whose 2001 deportation from Sweden to Egypt caused a political scandal and who has been jailed since then, has now been released from a Cairo prison, according to media reports.
"I was released last Tuesday. I have been free a week now. I am feeling fine," Agiza said to the Dagens Nyheter daily.
The decision to release Agiza was made by the social democratic government at the behest of the United States and has been welcomed by international human rights organizations.
Ahmed Agiza is currently staying with his mother in southern Cairo and the family are working on bringing him back to Sweden to be reunited with his wife and two children.
"We have been waiting since people with a political background and been tried in military courts started to be released. Then we became very concerned, why did it not happen, why wasn't he released? Now it feels wonderful, the family and I are very happy," Agiza's wife Hana Attia said to the TT news agency.
Attia is now leading the family's fight to get her husband a residence permit to come to Sweden.
"We hope that he can come to Sweden," she said.
The deportation caused a political scandal in Sweden and the UN in 2010 criticised the country for breaching a ban on expelling suspects to countries where torture is practiced.
After Sweden's intelligence agency Säpo ordered that both men be expelled, they were handed over to US agents, put on a plane leased by the Pentagon and flown to Egypt.
The pair claimed they were mistreated during their transfer to Cairo and then tortured during their detention in Egypt.
In Egypt, Agiza received a 25-year prison sentence for terrorism which was later reduced to 15 years. Zery was freed by an Egyptian military court.
Sweden agreed in July 2008 to pay more than €300,000 (then $470,000) to Zery after admitting that he was wrongly expelled.