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Mankell's bag returned - with women's clothes

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Mankell's bag returned - with women's clothes
Mankell addresses news conference at Volksbühne theatre in Berlin, June 3rd
09:53 CEST+02:00
Swedish novelist Henning Mankell has had his bag returned to him by Israeli authorities after it was seized when troops raided the Ship to Gaza convoy on which he was travelling. But most of his possessions are missing from the bag, and have been replaced with women's clothes.

Mankell was informed by Turkish Airlines on Thursday that his bag was ready to be collected from Gothenburg Landvetter Airport. When he opened it, in the presence of witnesses, it was filled with women's clothes.

The only possessions of Mankell's that remained were a hat and a wallet containing money and his driving licence. His mobile phone, stereo, notebook and his script for a television series about his father-in-law, Ingmar Bergman, were missing.

Mankell says he plans to write a letter to Israel's ambassador to Sweden about the incident:

“I want to know where the rest of my belongings are and why they have sent me women's clothes,” he told Svenska Dagbladet.

The Ship to Gaza convoy, a self-proclaimed humanitarian aid project that attempted to break the Israeli blockade of Gaza, was raided by Israeli soldiers in early June. Up to 16 people were killed in the action, with many others being imprisoned by the Israelis.

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