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'Refugee spy' remanded into custody

TT/The Local · 6 Jun 2009, 10:37

Published: 06 Jun 2009 10:37 GMT+02:00

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The 61-year-old man, who is a Swedish citizen, is suspected of having committed gross unlawful espionage, the most severe charge available under the law.

The court followed the prosecution's recommendation and remanded the man into custody.

Both the prosecution and the man's lawyer confirmed that he is Uyghur, an ethnic minority primarily residing in the northwestern Chinese province of Xinjiang.

The group is Muslim, speaks a Turkish dialect and the Chinese government has identified several armed Uyghur separatist groups.

The man came to Sweden as a political refugee in the late 1990s and became a Swedish citizen in 2002.

Björn Hurtig, the man's attorney, said he was unable to comment on whether the Chinese government may have leverage over the man, and if he is being blackmailed.

During the custody negotiations, which were held behind closed doors, the man was only referred to as X.

“X is on reasonable grounds suspected of unlawful espionage during the period January 2008 to June 3, 2009,” said chief prosecutor Tomas Lindstrand.

Hurtig communicated that the accused denied the charges as well as any criminal wrongdoing.

The Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs declined to comment on whether or not any measures have been taken against a foreign state due to the case.

“The foreign ministry has no comment on that issue,” said ministry spokesperson Barbro Elm to TT.

Prosecutor Lindstrand is expecting a long and comprehensive investigation and will request that the man remain in custody when the current deadline runs out in two weeks.

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Formal charges must be filed by June 18.

The crime of 'refugee espionage' (flyktingspionage) is widespread in Sweden, according to Säpo, with a number of countries committing major resources to gathering information about dissidents who have fled their domestic borders for Sweden.

The crime is considered serious and is viewed as a threat to Sweden's national security.

TT/The Local (news@thelocal.se)

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Your comments about this article

12:19 June 6, 2009 by Nemesis
He has committed espoionage. He has tried to undermine the state.

He is a criminal.

Why has he not already been deported and the Chinese goverment given the complete bill for all costs?

It is about time the Swedish goverment took crimnial activity in Sweden seriously and dealt with it.
12:26 June 6, 2009 by Eurostan
many muslims from china went to afghanistan to get training to make jihad on china.

now enemies of islam are usa,uk,russia,india,china,israel.........france.......greece.........denmark............sweden.
14:06 June 6, 2009 by refugee
We knew the issue earlier even before these two reports have been published . This news and the former report which was published on 4 Jun 09 16:03 CET…. the suspect's country of origin was not mentioned ,however.

This problem of 'Refugee spy' is being identified lately by Sweden national security . This what the dictator government of Ethiopia has been working since last 3 years after the last controversial election .. Specially in Sweden, sending the minority Tigray ethnic groups for intelligences purpose , allocating huge amount of budget to study the background of individual asylum seekers : what they are doing ,wether these applicant are the treat to its regime, wether the reason for the asylum is political… etc …

Any way good news …. Keep working on as this is a thereat to the national security in that peaceful country Sweden !!!!!

Some one from some where !
14:16 June 6, 2009 by Iraniboy

Anton and eurostan

Please take a time to read what it is about!!! You hear a name of "Islam" and start your rants?

This guy is spy who works for Chinese government. China oppress Uighur Muslims so some of them have fled to Sweden now this guy wanted to spy over these Uighur Muslims. Unfortunately Muslims are systematically oppressed in China, Russia, India ,...where majority are non-Muslims so they are fled to west Europe.
14:41 June 6, 2009 by antoniolgj
"where majority are non-Muslims so they are fled to west Europe"

How luck we are...
14:51 June 6, 2009 by jimmyjames
The Swedes and all the rest of the Western Europeans have not seen anything yet....you are just beginning to get a small taste of what the fruits of your extreme liberal and very naive attitudes have in store for you. Wait, it is going to get "better", ha,ha. As more and more non-Swedes and non Europeans are allowed into your fold under the banner of humanitarianism the more crime, more religious extremeism, more treason by "citizens" like this Uyghur you are going to experiance. There will come a time when the people will view the Liberals behind all of this humanitarian open-arms policy as traitors to Sweden and her ethnic Swedish population......
14:53 June 6, 2009 by Eye_Witness
@ Eurostan ... Please shed some light on the people of Kashmir (muslims I mean terrorists) as we know that estimated 50,000 Kashmiris have been killed by the Indian forces stationed in Kashmir... and I suggest change your name to Hindustan rather than Eurostan...as you are exposed now due to your comments.......
15:10 June 6, 2009 by Mzungu
Calm down you guys...

He was spying on the robotic production of Barbie dolls, and the possibility of setting up a facsimile production line at the Saab factory where there is ample space due to the downturn of sales...
15:22 June 6, 2009 by Mr Honest
Eurostan you are right .We should always blame everything on Muslims. spying,bomb mafia and even If white Christian rape your mother we can still blame Muslims.
17:00 June 6, 2009 by Gustav- Fælbönnran
But so what? Infiltrating political and social groups for the purpose of finding out what they are up to is illegal? Since when? It is not like he is stealing state secrets or anyone's intellectual or commercial property. I don't think that we've got all the facts before us yet.
22:09 June 6, 2009 by Eurostan
systematically oppressed in China, Russia, India ,...where majority are non-Muslims so

europe is also non muslim majority. muslims should go to muslim majority countries like saudi arabia or malaysia ............
23:07 June 6, 2009 by 7
i just have to wonder. why would anyone spend so much time and effort to repeat the SAME warning so many times? i mean after you say..."you should be warned" 20+ times, you think you'd find something else to say.

unless of course, you have absolutely nothing to say. i'm betting on the latter in jimmyjames' case.
23:10 June 6, 2009 by Muttlestar Galactica
Anyone for cheesecake?
23:14 June 6, 2009 by powerofknowledge
Eurostan u and others like are very very unlucky go u find another island in the pacific or somewhere else or try to read something about islam and how to coexist with other people u dont live on earth alone Do u know how mnay relatives i have here in Se many have jobs families and stay 4ever here and multiplying also by 2050 its expected that muslims be 2 billions (at least ) so u have problems man, get a job in stead or go 2 university study something DO something usefull 4 people and ur country in stead of blaming the immigrants of taking many places in University or getting Jobs & u dont hav as u said in other comments i can understand u sorry 4 that, islam is the only religion that recogniz others (christians, jews..etc)
23:19 June 6, 2009 by 7
do you want to get fat? do you know how many calories there is in a cheese cake. then you europeans will all soon be as obese. good luck when your health care is buckling under the weight of all those overweight related diseases.

you have been warned.
23:24 June 6, 2009 by Muttlestar Galactica
And I'm washing it down with FULL FAT lol-milk.
07:25 June 7, 2009 by iTrilobite
I do NOT see China is oppressing her minorities (like muslims) at all.

In contrast, the Chinese government is trying to help them a lot, especially those who live in remote regions.
09:38 June 7, 2009 by hisham
Ohh yeah powerofkowladge I agree with you .. he should go to university or working with something useful instead of wasting the time.

This kind of people unfortunatly would not understand the truth, and whenever you bring them to the truth they will runn away, its useless to talk or to response them .. leave them becasue they are not going to change the fact that Sweden is Zero - racist !.
13:33 June 7, 2009 by Eurostan
many terrorists now holding swedish passports or european passports. european passport holders has visa free travel to many countries. us is fearing that next terror attack will come through europe.
00:17 June 8, 2009 by Eye_Witness
@Eurostan........you deserve to be minister for immigration and policy... lolz.....aussies recognized you well... and it wont take much time for swedes as well... take care of burning onions..
00:55 June 8, 2009 by Kibiri
CCP oppresses Even the Han Chinese.
02:17 June 8, 2009 by Eurostan
whole world knows that which country is the source of terrorists.

many of them enrolled in swedish universities.
06:25 June 8, 2009 by Uyghurman
China always have its way to send their spy to different countries in different ways. This guy must have been sent by China for spying. Swedish immigration must tighten its immigration policy and must not accept spy like this. Uyghurs are living under Chinese heavy handed policy and you can not treat all the Uyghurs same way because of this Chinese dog. Sweden must punish this guy in Sweden according to Swedish law and must not sent him back to China because he will be honored by his master if sent back.
07:26 June 8, 2009 by Eye_Witness
@Eurostan..." whole world knows that which country is the source of terrorists.Many of them enrolled in swedish universities."

and also in high tech jobs as well......... Talent and smartness is god gifted... as you know how smart I was to smell and locate burning onions... and I suggest to have coffee instead of LASSI while you are in Sweden.... it might change your thoughts...god or bugwansssssssssssss help you....
19:17 June 9, 2009 by Kind Man
What a joke immigrant spy.

Sweden is free Country and you can get any information right away by calling the office. I believe that nothing hidden from the Swedish people. There is no need to spy on Sweden.

That is why there is almost 0% corruption. it is very hard to bribe or buy Swede.

But you can spy on the companies to steal their information regarding how they make airplane or product and it is common. many wanna steal the technologies.. like there was story about AMD and Intel employer.

These spies should kill themselves for coming to peaceful Country for spying. I would say go kill urself
19:59 June 9, 2009 by Kibiri
^ I lol'ed

Sweden surely has lower corruption compared to 3rd world countries and Italy of Berlusconi, but "almost 0%" ?? You could at least read TL news: http://www.thelocal.se/search.php?keywordS...e&type=news

Also which office do you call to get a list of Chinese citizens in Sweden that attend meetings to discuss some issues in a not so CCP-friendly manner?
20:36 June 9, 2009 by Kind Man
LOL You can get list of Chinese from Immigration office they have it. But if they were involved into serious about Sweden then hang them all. If a Swede would do this in China guess what would happen to them.

I still don't believe that you can bribe in Sweden Maybe I trust much Swedes. but It might happen Into Criminal Companies who are into Business of making Weapons jet Fighter. so no doubt criminal sends rocket bombs to kill other humans. Bribe is nothing for them. but can you show me In Kommun or small cities anybody bribed? One of my political Swedish friend said to me about 0% and He is honest guy would not lie
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