Sweden ‘colluded in US terror flights’

Sweden committed human rights violations over the alleged mistreatment and non-judicial extradition of two men by US agents at a Stockholm airport in 2001, according to a report published on Wednesday.

The report, released by the Council of Europe’s Committee on Legal Affairs and Human Right’s said Sweden has been slow to fully investigate the incident that led the country to being condemned by the United Nations Committee against Torture.

Seven countries including Sweden “could be held responsible, at varying degrees, which are not always settled definitively, for violations of the rights of specific persons,” according to the report from Europe’s human right’s watchdog.

The report’s author, Dick Marty, described the global “spider’s web” of CIA flights traveled through Europe picking up prisoners.

“This disguised extradition, without any possibility of appeal and judicial scrutiny, and the ill-treatment at Bromma airport, still on the ground, under the eyes of Swedish officials … are serious matters which require that the whole truth be exposed,” Marty wrote, referring to the cases of Ahmed Agiza and Mohammed Alzery, both Egyptian asylum-seekers.

Marty said Sweden “despite this international condemnation and parliamentary requests” has yet to begin a “proper” inquiry into the case.

“How was it that the Swedish officers present on the scene allowed their American counterparts to do as they wished, letting them take control of this operation while still on Swedish soil?” said Marty.