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Euro court warns Sweden over Iran deportation

AFP/The Local · 10 Mar 2010, 08:13

Published: 10 Mar 2010 08:13 GMT+01:00

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The man, identified as R.C., filed a request for asylum two years after arriving in Sweden in 2003.

But Swedish authorities doubted his claims of torture and his escape from a packed revolutionary court in Iran, saying such tribunals were not open to the public. They also decided to turn down his asylum request.

A case was then filed at the European rights court in 2007 and declared admissible a year later. The tribunal also ordered Sweden to stay his deportation until further notice.

The judges on Tuesday ruled that the man's "basic story had been consistent

throughout the proceedings," and that despite some "uncertain aspects ... its

overall credibility had not been undermined."

The man, who said he took part in an anti-government protest in 2001 after which he was arrested, tortured and detained for almost two years before he managed to escape, risked renewed torture if he was deported, the court ruled.

"The Court also accepted the general conclusions of the medical report that the marks of injuries found on R.C.'s body could have originated from torture," a statement said.

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The judges also noted that "several organisations reporting on the situation in Iran noted an increase in human rights violations in Iran after the 2009 elections, including excessive police force, arbitrary arrests, killings, ill-treatment of detainees and the use of torture to obtain confessions."

They said the man would likely be "detained and ill-treated" if he was sent back.

AFP/The Local (news@thelocal.se)

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Your comments about this article

11:39 March 10, 2010 by Audrian
My heart is for all those who had been physically of psychologically tortured.
13:25 March 10, 2010 by Blackman_for_Blondes
What annoys me is when you talk to Iranians they tell you dangerous the country is arrests and so forth and lack of speech, but then they all go back for a holiday for a few weeks if they have the money to do it......that makes no sense at all!
14:20 March 10, 2010 by ionut
He needs a warm sweedish blonde to comfort him and lick his woods.Tiger Woods were are you?
14:52 March 10, 2010 by mani12823
@Blackman_for_Blondes .. I understand what you mean but to prevent miss understanding, take into account people getting home sick and nothing can be compare with your home country, moreover our problem is related to the GOVERNMENT (the things that majority of people can not understand it) not the country.. off course its not the case for everybody.
21:19 March 10, 2010 by anony1
iranians although have problems with their government, but they have tight relation with their close relatives. and they can't live without seeing them,

the only reason iranians go for a week back to their country although some of them facing risks (that they know them selves) but they prefer visiting their relatives.

this is totally different than swedish culture of independent individual life style
23:07 March 10, 2010 by Davyboy
I'm sorry if the gentleman was indeed tortured, but I was under the impression that Asylum seekers are permitted under the U.N. Charter and International Law, to seek sanctuary in the next safe country.

Now excuse me if my geography is not that good, but Sweden is NOT the next safe country from Iran. There's Jordan, Oman, the UAE, Bahrain, Egypt, Syria, Turkey etc etc.
00:34 March 11, 2010 by Blackman_for_Blondes
Thanks for explaining I understand and sorry for been sharp, peoples and governments are different...peace
07:27 March 11, 2010 by anony1
@Davyboy the muslim countries you talk about are influenced from iranian government, and the iranian CIA can easily catch them back. (it happens alot) even sweden seems safe and far enough but I have heard of at least 3 assassination performed by government on iranian asylums here.
20:33 March 11, 2010 by wxman
I'm sure this individual is being truthful regarding torture in Iran, but since when did Sweden surrender its sovereignty? This Euro court needs to go perform an anatomical impossibility on itself.
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