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Sweden to review CIA rendition case

Sweden to review CIA rendition case

Published: 18 Feb 2012 14:02 GMT+01:00
Updated: 18 Feb 2012 14:02 GMT+01:00

The Swedish Security Service (Säpo) has announced that it plans to conduct a new security assessment of Ahmed Agiza, who was flown out of Sweden to Egypt by the CIA in 2001 where he remained imprisoned until August 2011.

Agiza, along with fellow Egyptian national Mohammed Alzery, were forcibly handed over to the CIA by Swedish agents as part of a so called terror suspect “rendition” operation carried out by the US spy agency.

The deportations were criticised by both the United Nations and several human rights groups.

Agiza was released from Egyptian custody following the Egyptian revolution and he has expressed a wish to return to his family in Sweden.

At the time of his deportation he was assessed as a security risk and according to Säpo head Anders Danielsson the service is now considering flying to Egypt to conduct a new assessment of Agiza's case.

"An assessment has to be made based on the current facts," Anders Danielsson told Sveriges Radio (SR).

Karlstad-resident Agiza spent almost ten years in a cell in the Tora prison in Cairo, convicted by a military court of having been a member of a terror-linked organisation.

The decision to release Agiza was made by the social democratic government in Egypt at the behest of the United States and has been welcomed by international human rights organizations.

However, he has several lasting injuries from the torture he suffered while in Egyptian prison. Among other things, his nose was broken, making it difficult for him to breath.

“I've been able to meet with a specialist at a centre for torture injuries to receive help. The problem is that my brain is in high gear even when I sleep,” he told TV4 at the time of his release.

In 2009, Agiza had his application for a Swedish residency permit denied based on secret information held by Swedish security service Säpo.

Agiza has however repeatedly insisted that he has never been a threat.

Agiza and Alzery have received 3 million kronor ($464,000) each in compensation from the Swedish state.

TT/The Local/pvs (news@thelocal.se)

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14:48 February 18, 2012 by axiom
Am I missing something here:

Säpo will fly to Egypt to assess his case, but he has already received 3million in compensation from the Swedish state - effectively säpo's bosses. Isnt the compensation some admission that what happened was wrong and ought not to have happen?

If this is so, then why is he still being denied a residence permit. Hasn't the state, in compensating him, effectively said, we made a mistake and this shouldn't have happened. I mean this is usually the way it works with compensations.
16:39 February 18, 2012 by asteriks
Swedish racists destroyed his life just because he is immigrant and Muslim. Fuj! And Swedish will continue to work like rats for their racist SAPO, the same as Germans worked for Gestapo.
19:40 February 18, 2012 by Kevin Harris
Someone at Säpo made a disastrous decision. Who? Something like this was probably decided at a poitical level. Which politicians and civil servants were involved? Two men were kidnapped in Sweden and handed over to a foreign power who tortured and falsely imprisoned them for years. These were grevious wrongs and have cost the taxpayer a great deal of money. There should be consequences for the people behind this awful mess. Perhaps an enquiry will tell us who they were.

None of this means the victims are entitled to Swedish citizenship or residence Axiom. They have receives a large amouny of compensation already. They must apply and meet the criteria, like everybody else.
01:13 February 19, 2012 by axiom
I think you miss a point Harris, I am not advocating for this man to get a residence permit. I am questioning the logic behind the chain of events.

A compensation is essentially "we were wrong", the Swedish govt went as far as overturning the deportation which effectively means the reason for deportation, which was security reasons, was either not strong enough nor was it valid. Now if it is enough to overturn a decision to be deported, why is it not sufficient to permit him to return, considering the rejection is still being done on security reasons.

I am not advocating anything, just can't follow the thread of reasoning here.
01:19 February 19, 2012 by philster61
I bet Julian Assange has already read this case ages ago. Any wonder he doesn't wish to be anywhere near Sweden
08:58 February 19, 2012 by RobinHood
Too right Philster. Lawyers acting on behalf of the Swedish prosecutor have reassured English judges that the idea of delivering up Mr Assange to thr US wrapped up like a Thanksgiving turkey is ridiculous. "He's safe in our hands." i can't understand why Mr Assange isn't reassured.
13:35 February 19, 2012 by viennacalling
Once Again the US and CIA medling in other countries affairs costing the Poor Tax Payer Millions of Kroner and US Dollars

When are the USA Public Tax Payers going to say to their Government Enough is Enough !

When is the Swedish Government going to honest with their hard working Poor Tax Payers who Pay the Most Taxes Per Kroner Earned !

When are the EU Polititians going to say that they are now going to represent the Poor Tax Payers who Pay the Most In Taxes

this is year 2012 ! Time for the Majority to take a Stand against these Minority Rulers who waste tax Payers Money
17:16 February 19, 2012 by Polish-Finnish Swede
@ axiom

They were most likely compensated only for the rendition/extraditon to Egypt. Sweden cannot send people to a country where torture is expected, not even confirmed terrorists or suspected terrorists.

However, SÄPO might still have information on them indicating (or not) terrorist support or something else that makes them not welcome.
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