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Sweden confirms Pakistan arrests

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10:05 CEST+02:00
Sweden's foreign ministry confirmed on Saturday that three Swedes have been arrested in Pakistan.

"We have received confirmation from the Pakistani authorities that three Swedes have been arrested," Camilla Åkesson Lindblom at the foreign ministry press office confirmed.

The foreign ministry was unable to confirm the identity of the three arrested Swedes, reported to include the so-called "Guantánamo Swede," Mehdi Ghezali, who was released from the US prison camp on Cuba in July 2004.

"We have not had that confirmed. And even if we had consular confidentiality rules would apply. This is a consular matter, as normal when a Swede is detained overseas, and we do not normally discuss their identity."

According to Pakistani police information the detained trio include a small child.

"The only information that we have received is that there are three Swedes. They have not divulged age or gender," Åkesson Lindblom said.

"I can not go in to the nature of the (consular) contact, or when and so on, except to say that the embassy will work on this in the same way as with other consular matters."

According to Åkesson Lindblom the foreign ministry does not know what the three Swedes are suspected of nor where they are located at the moment.

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