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PARDONED SWEDES COME HOME
'We feel good and are incredibly relieved'

'We feel good and are incredibly relieved'

Published: 14 Sep 2012 12:26 GMT+02:00
Updated: 14 Sep 2012 12:26 GMT+02:00

After the men were pardoned on Monday, they flew to Istanbul and then on to Sweden to arrive just before midday on Friday.

The men hugged relatives, received flowers and were photographed with family members.

“We feel good and are incredibly relieved,” they told the TT news agency.

Persson and Schibbye will speak further at a press conference in Stockholm on Friday afternoon.

After ten minutes at the airport, the Swedes left in a car. Ambassador Jens Odlander, who accompanied the pair from Istanbul, joined the two in interviews but left separately.

Schibbye and Persson were arrested in Ethiopia's Ogaden region last year in the company of what the government claimed were rebels from the Ogaden National Liberation Front (ONLF).

The two had reportedly entered Ethiopia to investigate the activities of a company affiliated with the Swedish oil firm Lundin Petroleum.

The pair was detained after illegally crossing the border from Somalia, and after a long and controversial trial were jailed for 11 years by an Ethiopian court in December 2011, having been found guilty of supporting terrorism and entering the country illegally.

The pair was pardoned on Monday in connection with the Ethiopian New Year, when the country traditionally pardons prisoners.

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Your comments about this article

13:48 September 14, 2012 by zooeden
Great News!!!! That´s what happen if you´re white!!!! Ask Isaak Dawit!!!
15:04 September 14, 2012 by Rishonim
@zooeden. here here.
01:10 September 15, 2012 by Munir Ahmed
History of Somali-Ogaden terrorists the leftist Swedish reporters championed as freedom fighters and hired as guides for illegal border crossing:

BBC NEWS: 74 Chinese & Ethiopian oil workers machine-gunned asleep in bed.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/6588055.stm

REUTERS NEWS: UN workers ambushed, killed, kidnapped

http://af.reuters.com/article/ethiopiaNews/idAFLDE74D0CU20110514
07:50 September 15, 2012 by Khaliil
"Swedish journalists Martin Schibbye and Johan Persson, who had been jailed for 14 months in Ethiopia for terror crimes, returned home to a hero's welcome..."

If they were Muslims returning to a hero's welcome in a Muslim country it would have been used as 'proof' that Muslims support terrorism, but they are white & not Muslims so it was okay to support terrorism & enter a non white country illegally: In fact they are heroes for it.
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