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Sweden deports man to wrong country

Published: 16 Nov 2011 10:18 GMT+01:00
Updated: 16 Nov 2011 10:18 GMT+01:00

Swedish police were given orders to deport a man to Iran, but instead sent him to Iraq, where he now risks 15 years in prison for claiming to be a citizen in the country, according to a report in the Expressen daily.

"The police can't deport someone to another land than the one which has been decided," Mikael Ribbenvik at the Migration Board (Migrationsverket) told the newspaper.

The 53-year-old man, who was born in Iraq, was deported by Saddam Hussein in the 1980s. After that he became an Iranian citizen.

He applied for residency in Sweden in 2002, but his application was rejected and in October 2010 the police in Gävle in northern Sweden were instructed to deport him back to Iran.

Why he was sent to the wrong country is unclear, but the error has been reported to the Parliamentary Ombudsman (Justitieombudsmannen - JO).

According to acquaintances of the man's sister the man remains in jail at a police station in Baghdad.

"I travelled to Baghdad and got to visit my brother at the police station. He was in a dark cell without electricity along with several others. I could barely see him behind the bars," the man's sister told the Dagens Nyheter daily.

"I haven't had contact with him in months, but my acquaintances in Baghdad say he's still in jail."

Gävle police have admitted to having made an error and that they now have changed their routines.

TT/Joel Linde (news@thelocal.se)

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10:51 November 16, 2011 by RobinHood
This is going to cost the tax payer a very large amount of money when this poor guy eventually gets out and sues the Swedish government. It would be good to hear that Gävle police have begun disciplinary proceedings against the people responsible instead of just changing their routines.

What steps have the Swedish goverment taken to bust him out of jail in Baghdad? The quicker he is out, the less damages they will have to pay him for getting him in.
10:55 November 16, 2011 by N0DE
I wonder why Iranians apply for the asylum. They were seeking Revolution in their country and that happened, why don't they go and live in their country.
11:20 November 16, 2011 by Snoopy!
Node & tamoko & where might you two cretins be from ? & if not Swedish why dont you both pisssss off to what ever holes you crawled out of !

And Node you obviously know diddley squat about the Iranian revolution
11:44 November 16, 2011 by Summer Dreams
First the man was born in IRAQ, Kudos to the Swedish police i feel they did the best thing and its not their fault.

second if you cant get a visa,citizenship or whatever then go home and stop fooling around.

one should always remember his homeland and not feel bad about it, if you dont like you own country then change it, what can you do for your country? not what can your country do for you!
11:53 November 16, 2011 by ?????
Hmm, reading the comments above...

...Swedes don't migrate, do they?

There aren't any Swedes in the US, Canada, Australia, Europe? What would people say if a Swede was deported by mistake to Iraq and had troubles there?

Of course brainless people just sit in front of a PC and just write stupid things.
12:12 November 16, 2011 by cowboykodp
Most people commenting here don't know the difference between Iran and Iraq.

That seems to be true for the Swedish authorities also.

"Send them back to their country"... I remember hearing that directed towards immigrant kids..... WHEN I WAS 7 YEARS OLD.
12:28 November 16, 2011 by Mark737408
Hahaha good!
12:35 November 16, 2011 by dannydanny
Please think about why now there are developed countires and developing countries? Think about it! Is it because people from developed countries work harder than those of developing countries? Is it because that they are smarter?
12:48 November 16, 2011 by Migga
He got his request rejected in 2002 but it wasn`t until 2010 that he was moved. Wow.
12:49 November 16, 2011 by ?????
Is it because people from "developed" countries had been suppressing and abusing the wealth of the developing ones?
13:23 November 16, 2011 by godnatt
Maybe they should stop coming to Sweden to avoid such problems.
14:41 November 16, 2011 by N0DE
@Snoopy! I bet I know more than you regarding Iranian Revolution(s) ..... a lot more than you know!

You didn't answer my question "Iranians wanted revolution , they got it , why are they coming out of Iran now?" Why don't they go back and enjoy it or oppose it ....LEAVE SWEDEN, Gothenburg & Oslo is suffering because of these Iranians
15:28 November 16, 2011 by KungsholmenGuy
Forgetting the mixup about where he was sent for a moment, what shocks me is that (according to this article) he can get up 15 years in jail for claiming to a citizen of Iraq, when he was merely born there, and is no longer a citizen.

What kind of 'democracy' would lock you up for 15 years for claiming to be a citizen, rather than simply denying you entry to the country?

The US argued ideologically that the Trillion dollars they spent invading Iraq was to spread democracy there. We all know if was for oil, but still shocking that the so-called 'democracy' they have helped to install there is such a horribly oppressive police state.
17:12 November 16, 2011 by jvtx3232
Well, at least he's not in Sweden anymore, so that's good. That's the main thing.

Whatever happens to him after he's deported is merely ancillary at best to the important part - the deportation itself.
19:04 November 16, 2011 by Just_Kidding
@N0DE: I wonder why Iranians apply for the asylum. They were seeking Revolution in their country and that happened, why don't they go and live in their country.

this is my answer: Iranian revolution was stolen by religious hardliners. Similar things happened in Russia (in 1917) and in the French revolution. The resulted government does not represent the will of Iranian people.

Many Islamists get upset when they see Iranians are leaving Iran (and the lovely Islam) and suggest us to go back to Iran. Despite this many Iranians have managed to prosper outside of Iran (e.g. Ebay's founder, Youtube's CEO, along with huge number of Iranian professors in US universities... a classmate of mine just became a professor in Berkeley :) ).

If seeing Iranians in west is bothering you, you can try democratic ways of changing immigration laws, otherwise, just shut up.

By the way, the man in Question is an Iraqi kurd. Many Kurd famillies were deported from Iraq in 1980's by our lovely Saddam Hussein (because their parents were immigrants from Iran). Some came to Europe and some went to Iran who was accepting them generously at that time.

Iranian Atheist.
22:01 November 16, 2011 by salalah
Iran...Iraq...whatever....
02:51 November 17, 2011 by Kaethar
It sounds as if there's more to this story. Especially since they say he's in jail for "claiming" to be an Iraqi citizen. What this makes it sound like was that the man claimed to be from Iraq so he wouldn't be deported to Iran (which makes sense in a way - Iran is a strict authoritarian regime which doesn't take kindly to (especially non-persian) "deserters" whilst Iraq is basically the wild west at this point).

Although such a thing would definitely recquire a change in routine as stated it's an easy mistake to make. Papers say man is born in Iraq and he says he's from Iraq = deport him to Iraq. Whether this is what actually happened or not is unclear though but it certainly sounds like it...
19:02 November 18, 2011 by marcelj
people that come from the middle east have all been radiated during the gulf war. They will all eventually need long lasting medical care. This is one reason they go to the west. They will need your tax supported medical care. War, what is it good for?
05:54 November 19, 2011 by Kahmoudi
I think that Sweden needs to intervene on behalf of this man and get him out of jail. However, I don't understand why the man or his family didn't raise a bigger fuss before he was put on board a plane to Iraq. He knew he would be treated as a dissident or worse, therefore something should have been done before he was sent to Iraq. Amnesty International or some other advocacy group should have been contacted before this travesty occurred.
09:02 November 19, 2011 by Icarusty
See the thing about being in a position of privilege is, you can pass off being a hypocrite, because most likely you'll never experience the same suffering as the one you demean. Lucky you.
22:48 November 19, 2011 by Just_Kidding
@ marcelj: What evidence does support your claims?
18:23 November 30, 2011 by maxbrando
Hell, they all look and act the same. what's the problem?
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