• Sweden edition
 
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

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)

Your comments about this article

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.
Today's headlines
Sport
Sweden's star striker Zlatan 'recovering well'
Zlatan Ibrahimovic is Sweden's top scorer in history. PHOTO: TT/Maja Suslin

Sweden's star striker Zlatan 'recovering well'

Zlatan Ibrahimovic is recovering well from the nagging heel problem that has stopped him playing for Sweden during its Euro 2016 qualifying campaign. READ  

International
Swedish sisters create viral Syria stir
A shot from the video on YouTube.

Swedish sisters create viral Syria stir

Two sisters from Södertälje near Stockholm are celebrating getting more than 1.3 million hits on YouTube, with a video calling for peace in war-torn Syria. READ  

Pirate Bay
Pirate Bay founder gets three years in prison
A 2013 image of Svartholm Warg. Photo: TT

Pirate Bay founder gets three years in prison

Swedish "hactivist" Gottfrid Svartholm Warg has been sentenced to three-and-a-half years in prison for hacking crimes. READ  

Royal family
Princess Madeleine to make Nobel comeback
Princess Madeleine at a previous Nobel banquet. Photo: TT

Princess Madeleine to make Nobel comeback

Sweden's Princess Madeleine is scheduled to appear at the Nobel Festival in Stockholm in December, after taking time out from her royal duties to focus on looking after her daughter. READ  

Politics
'We knew that Israel would be critical'
Foreign Minister Margot Wallström (left), with Sweden's Prime Minister Stefan Löfven. Photo: TT

'We knew that Israel would be critical'

Sweden's Foreign Minister has told The Local she respects Israel's decision to recall its ambassador after Sweden officially recognized the State of Palestine, and laughed off comments about IKEA furniture made by her Israeli counterpart. READ  

Analysis
'Store up your sunlight hours before winter'
Doctors say we should make the most of the autumn sunshine. Photo: Shutterstock

'Store up your sunlight hours before winter'

Spending time outdoors this autumn will help you survive a cold, dark Swedish winter. Baba Pendse, Head of Psychiatry at Lund University shares his top tips for battling the seasonal blues with The Local. READ  

Sports
Plot for shared Scandi Winter Olympic bid
Skiers hit the slopes in Åre, western Sweden. Photo: TT

Plot for shared Scandi Winter Olympic bid

Norwegian sports officials have said they want to co-host the winter Olympics with Sweden in 2026. But there has so far been no official response from Sweden. READ  

National
Anti-Israel graffiti 'not a race crime': Court
Photo: TT

Anti-Israel graffiti 'not a race crime': Court

A teenage boy who painted anti-Israel slogans and symbols on the Concert Hall in Gothenburg has been convicted for the damages he caused, but he walked free from racial agitation charges. READ  

Entertainment
A closer look at Sweden's rising stars
Swedish actresses Sandra Huldt and Julia Ragnarsson. Julia (right) has been nominated for a Rising Star award. Photo: TT

A closer look at Sweden's rising stars

Like to be ahead of the game when it comes to the next big thing on the silver screen? We find out more about the Swedish nominees for the Rising Star award to be presented at Stockholm's International Film Festival next week. READ  

Science
Swedish women in two-year sex pill study
Contraceptive pills have been linked to mood swings. Photo: Shutterstock

Swedish women in two-year sex pill study

Three hundred women from across Sweden are taking part in a study designed to demonstrate that modern contraceptive pills don't lead to decreased libido or mood swings. READ  

RECEIVE OUR NEWSLETTER AND ALERTS
Lifestyle
Stockholm's shocking take on Halloween
Sport
Top ten quotes from Zlatan Ibrahimovic
Business & Money
Get your own office in Gothenburg or Stockholm - free for a day
Gallery
People-watching: October 30th
National
Sweden remains fourth best for gender equality
Blog updates

31 October

Editor’s Blog, October 31st (The Local Sweden) »

"Hello readers, Welcome to our latest 60-second round-up of the week’s news. First, Sweden made headlines around the..." READ »

 

29 October

Scariest day (Blogweiser) »

"This is what’s frightening me on Halloween. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D4OFZVCu8J0&list=UUJu5J7jG4uoYSjWbpFsJBuQ Follow my posts on FB. ..." READ »

 
 
 
National
Timeline: Julian Assange sex allegations
Sport
World Cup ski race on 'fake' Stockholm slope
Society
An Arctic tradition: hunting and handicraft
Society
Stockholm taxis offer free therapy sessions
National
The Local meets Health Minister Gabriel Wikström
Gallery
Property of the week: Österåker
Society
Homeless turtles get Stockholm police ride
National
Construction worker has 'Sweden's best beard'
National
Italian musician jazzes up Sweden's Lapland
Gallery
Zlatan's career in pictures
Finest.se
Gallery
People-watching: October 25th and 26th
Lifestyle
'Swedes are funnier than they think'
National
Swedish town 'like Venice' after heavy rains
Lifestyle
What's On in Sweden: October 24th - 31st
Gallery
People-watching: October 22nd
Gallery
In Pictures: Prince Carl Philip and Sofia Hellqvist
Lifestyle
Eight things to love about renting a Swedish apartment
National
Vasa ship cannon blasted in Sweden
National
Sub hunt: Day-by-day
National
Sub hunt: Stockholm islanders share their fears with The Local
Sponsored Article
The best options for oversea transfers
National
Dentist gives free care to Roma beggars
Gallery
Property of the week: Malmö
Gallery
PHOTOS: 'Foreign activity' in Swedish waters
TT
Society
QUIZ: How good is your Swedish?
Society
The nudity... and nine other things expat men notice in Sweden
Gallery
People-watching: October 15th
Gallery
Your views: Should outdoor smoking be banned in Sweden?
Business & Money
Sweden has 'large hole' in finances
Sponsored Article
Introducing... Finding a job in Stockholm
Society
Monster salmon caught in northern Sweden
Gallery
Property of the week: Lorensberg
National
Scandinavia's child bride
National
Ebola crisis: How is Sweden preparing?
Business & Money
How Sweden is becoming a cashless society
Gallery
Stockholm Burlesque Festival 2014
National
How a little red horse became a symbol for Sweden
Gallery
People-watching: October 12th
Business & Money
The hottest start-ups from southern Sweden
National
Stockholm is 'best' region for well-being
Sponsored Article
How to catch the first lobster of the year
Team SCA
Sponsored Article
All-female SCA team takes off on Volvo Ocean Race
Latest news from The Local in Austria

More news from Austria at thelocal.at

Latest news from The Local in Switzerland

More news from Switzerland at thelocal.ch

Latest news from The Local in Germany

More news from Germany at thelocal.de

Latest news from The Local in Denmark

More news from Denmark at thelocal.dk

Latest news from The Local in Spain

More news from Spain at thelocal.es

Latest news from The Local in France

More news from France at thelocal.fr

Latest news from The Local in Italy

More news from Italy at thelocal.it

Latest news from The Local in Norway

More news from Norway at thelocal.no

989
jobs available
Swedish Down Town Consulting & Productions
Swedish Down Town Consulting & Productions is an innovative business company which provides valuable assistance with the Swedish Authorities, Swedish language practice and general communications. Call 073-100 47 81 or visit:
www.swedishdowntown.com
PSD Media
PSD Media is marketing company that offers innovative solutions for online retailers. We provide modern solutions that help increase traffic and raise conversion. Visit our site at:
http://psdmedia.se
If you want to drink, that’s your business.
If you want to stop, we can help.

Learn more about English-language Alcoholics Anonymous in Sweden. No dues. No fees. Confidentiality assured.
AA-EUROPE.ORG/SWEDEN