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Sweden expels Chinese diplomat: report

TT/AFP/The Local · 22 Jun 2009, 18:48

Published: 22 Jun 2009 18:48 GMT+02:00

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Shortly after the Sweden ejected the Chinese diplomat, authorities in China retaliated by ordering a Swedish diplomat back to Stockholm, the TT news agency reported on Monday.

“We can confirm that a foreign diplomat has been deported. I’m not going to comment on what country the diplomat is from. We can confirm that a Swedish diplomat was deported in response,” said Swedish foreign ministry spokesperson Anders Jörle told TT.

Media reports said the diplomat was from the Chinese embassy which was allegedly involved in spying on members of the Muslim Uighur ethnic group in Sweden, though the foreign ministry would not confirm that information.

News agency TT said the expulsion was linked to the arrest of a Swedish citizen in Stockholm on June 4 accused of spying on refugees for the Chinese embassy.

"I can neither confirm nor deny that," Jörle told AFP.

Intelligence agency Säpo said on June 4 it had arrested a Swede accused of gathering information on refugees for overseas government consumption after a lengthy investigation and surveillance period.

Säpo would not disclose any information about the man arrested, the foreign country involved, nor any other details of the case.

But TT said on Monday, without citing its sources, that the man arrested by Säpo was a 61-year-old Uighur who came to Sweden as a political refugee in the 1990s and who spied on the 100-strong Uighur community for the Chinese embassy. If convicted, the man faces up to four years in prison.

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Most ethnic Uighurs live in China's Xinjiang autonomous region. China regularly condemns militant Uighur nationalists as "terrorists" and accuses the East Turkestan Islamic Movement (ETIM) of carrying out attacks.

The latest US State Department human rights report accuses China of having stepped up repression of the Uighur community.

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21:18 June 22, 2009 by localtribal
It is too sad to hear that the Swedish diplomat has been deported for their illegal activities. Refugees are not even granted freedom to stay away from the land of danger. Hope, the diplomatic relations will once again establish. Misunderstanding.........., not during these Economic Crisis. Maybe the business needs of China makes it to rethink this situation.

Probably they should be provided China Town in every city of Sweden.....
13:23 June 23, 2009 by absolute svenska
funny, sweden doesn't focus on economic situation, but on bullshit, it's none of your bussiness, all right? now, just try to accept more refuges
14:47 June 23, 2009 by HowSwedeitis
I am sorry, but Absolute Svenska, you are wrong. "Bullshit?" This is a serious international situation. Yes, the economy is troubled, but should the Government of Sweden drop everything to solely focus on that? Surely you cannot say yes. Not seriously anyway.

17:09 June 23, 2009 by aaww
i would definitely agree with "absolute svenska"

swedish government seem always having problem in prioritize their current focus.
00:47 June 24, 2009 by bumi
Dear "Absolute Svenska":

not to be so simple, Sweden has a great reputation due to its respect to human rights. Business is important but without freedom and if Sweden or Europe goes under Chinese control, then you can not even talk freely.

Many people think in Europe that "China is very far from Europe and there is no danger to Europe", but do not forget that Genghis Khan able to scare the world just with their horse at that stone-time ! and now China has not only the horse.
11:33 June 24, 2009 by totty
We can talk free, really. I think suck kind of things is not a big dear. Every country has its views to some hot things. Respect each country people, do not critisize the people, and race.

Such kind of thing will past soon!
16:33 June 26, 2009 by DeinSchatz
Agree with Totty. Can normal citizen know truth everyday? What the government said is just to remove the focus on the poor situation of the ecnomy crisis. Because we can talk FREE, but this is really too much FREE!!
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