• 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

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)

Don't miss...X
Left Right

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
Florida 'mystery knight' dies in Sweden
Michael Boatwright (R) and Medieval knight re-enactors.

Florida 'mystery knight' dies in Sweden

The "motel mystery" American who baffled US authorities by only speaking Swedish when he woke up from a coma last year has passed away, Swedish media reported on Wednesday. READ () »

Swedes open coffin of 850-year-old king
Photo: Bertil Ericson/TT

Swedes open coffin of 850-year-old king

UPDATED: Scientists pried open the 850-year-old casket of King Erik the Holy on Wednesday, hoping to find out more about the king, his crown, and his eating habits. READ () »

TeliaSonera announces first-quarter profit drop
TeliaSonera CEO Johan Dennelind. File photo: TT

TeliaSonera announces first-quarter profit drop

Stockholm-listed telecom operator TeliaSonera on Wednesday said profits had fallen in the first quarter, but hoped offering customers more data solutions in the future would turn things around. READ () »

'Imperfect EU better than revolting nationalism'
Fredrik Reinfeldt. File photo: TT

'Imperfect EU better than revolting nationalism'

Swedish Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt on Wednesday urged young voters to head to the European parliamentary polls on May 25th "to cure the European disease of nationalism". READ () »

Ericsson quarterly profit defies sluggish sales
Ericsson CEO Hans Vestberg at the first quarter press conference. Photo: TT

Ericsson quarterly profit defies sluggish sales

Swedish telecom giant Ericsson on Wednesday announced a drop in sales but posted a sharp rise in first-quarter profit, which nonetheless fell shy of analyst predictions. READ () »

Fatal Norrköping brawl
Four brothers held as cops fear brawl reprisals
Photo: Johan Nilsson/TT

Four brothers held as cops fear brawl reprisals

Swedish police fear that several people involved in a brawl in eastern Sweden on Monday night may be seeking revenge after two brothers were shot dead. READ () »

Sponsored Article
Beautiful pearls of southeast Sweden
The town of Västervik.

Beautiful pearls of southeast Sweden

Ask a Swede, and they are likely to say that their favourite holiday spot is in the southeast of Sweden. Eastern Småland and Öland offer a smörgåsbord of all the things dearest to the Swedes - from the beloved children's book author Astrid Lindgren to deep forests, long sandy beaches, perfect spots for that all-important 'fika', and a surprising amount of space, peace and quiet. READ () »

Weekend weather to bring summer warmth
Swedes enjoy hot dogs and cherry blossoms in Stockholm's Kungsträdgården. Photo: Jessica Gow/TT

Weekend weather to bring summer warmth

The sun is set to stick around and temperatures could climb into the twenties over the weekend, Swedish meteorologists said on Wednesday READ () »

'Day-care rapist' admits molesting eight kids

'Day-care rapist' admits molesting eight kids

A 21-year-old man confessed on Wednesday to sex crimes against eight children at a day care where he was working as an intern. READ () »

Swedish cops nab man for having big muscles
An unrelated bodybuilder. File photo: Ann Törnkvist

Swedish cops nab man for having big muscles

Police in Sweden's south who hauled a muscular man in for steroid testing have had their knuckles rapped, after it was ruled that big biceps cannot be grounds for narcotics suspicions. READ () »

RECEIVE OUR NEWSLETTER AND ALERTS
TT
Gallery
Inside the 850-year-old king's coffin
Features
Sponsored: South-eastern Sweden offers Öland beaches and more
Gallery
Swedish underwear shop puts staff in front of the camera
Gallery
IN PICTURES: The Local's Property of the Week - Täby
Sponsored: India+Sweden Week - India Unlimited
Features
Sponsored: India+Sweden Week - A film, food, and finance feast
National
University applications rocket to record high
finest.se
Gallery
People-watching April 18-20
TT
Society
Kids in Victorian garb mark Swedish Easter
Shutterstock
National
Swedish MP ordered chemtrail probe
Society
Swedish supermarket Ica pulls contested Easter commercial off air
Kungahuset
Society
Swedish royals set baptism date for princess
finest.se
Gallery
People-watching April 16
Advertisement:
Politics
Who's the prime minister's heir?
Alfie Atkins
Society
Are children's books the key to families integrating in Sweden?
National
'Sweden Dem protests cater to party's martyr image'
National
'Swedish research grants were fantastic, but now it's like Australia'
Society
Only in Sweden: The ten problems you'd never encounter elsewhere
National
Swedes stopped to take my picture, but didn't look me in the eyes
Business & Money
A swipe of the hand replaced cash and cards in Lund
YouTube
Features
Video: Oliver Gee finds out how to embrace The Swedish Hug
TT
National
Abba duo hints at reunion
Private
National
Flash mobs hug it out across Sweden
Finest.se
Gallery
People-watching April 11-13
Stockholm School of Economics
Sponsored Article
Why a bachelor's degree is no longer enough
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 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

Blog Update: The Diplomatic Dispatch

28 October 15:16

The Green Growth Group Summit »

"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 »

718
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