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Swedish tourist: police in Egypt tortured me

TT/The Local/dl · 31 Jan 2011, 12:01

Published: 31 Jan 2011 12:01 GMT+01:00

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"They almost killed me. The only thing I wanted was to see my wife and family again before I died," Aaed Nijim told Swedish tabloid Expressen.

Nijim, who lives in Teckomatorp in southwestern Sweden, also told the local Helsingborgs Dagblad (HD) newspaper that he missed his flight home following his arrest and dramatic escape from an Egyptian jail on Saturday.

Swedish authorities confirmed Monday they had been in contact with a Swede, aged 20 to 25, who "said he had been in prison."

"We cannot confirm what has happened to him," foreign ministry spokesman Tobias Nilsson told AFP, adding the man had yet to come in to the embassy for assistance.

Nijim was vacation in Cairo and was taking pictures of a mosque in the al-Abasia suburb of Cairo last Tuesday when police suddenly arrested him, he told the local Helsingbord Dabladet (HD) newspaper.

"They took my camera and drove me to a prison where they hit and threatened me. They took off my clothes and gave electric shocks to my entire body," he told the newspaper.

Nijim added that all his money and valuables were taken as well. When he asked for permission to contact the Swedish embassy he was threatened and beaten again, according to HD.

"They put a knife to my throat. I've never been so afraid," he told the newspaper.

Nijim told Expressen he was beaten by several officers at the police station and a policeman told him he would spend the rest of his life in prison if he tried to call the Swedish embassy.

"They threatened sexual assault," he told the paper, alleging also that he had been tortured with electric charges attached to his testicles.

But in the confusion that ensued when the building caught fire on Saturday, Nijim and other prisoners managed to knock down a door and make it out to the streets among the protesters calling for the ouster of Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak.

"We couldn't stay there. The prisoners broke down the doors and started escaping," he told the newspaper.

Nijim, who was born in Qatar but has lived in Sweden with his parents and siblings for years and holds a Swedish passport, escaped with nothing but a shirt, jacket, socks and now finds himself stranded in Cairo without any money.

While he managed to make contact with the Swedish embassy, he was told that the foreign ministry was unable to help him, according to the newspaper.

Foreign ministry spokesperson Joakim Larsson confirmed that a man did call the Swedish embassy in Cairo, but according to Larsson, the caller wasn't denied assistance.

Larsson explained that embassy staff urged the man to stay indoors and obey the curfew that was in place at the time of the call.

The embassy also told the man that he should try to visit the embassy the day after when the nighttime curfew was no longer in effect.

"The man more or less demanded that the embassy should come and pick him up in a car, something we, unfortunately, don’t have the ability to do in light of the current situation in Cairo," said Larsson.

Speaking with the Skånska Dagbladet newspaper, Nijim's wife, Sandra Persson, expressed her concern over her husband's well being.

"We're very worried and haven't been able to get any help from anyone at the Swedish embassy or the foreign ministry who’ve been in contact with," she told the newspaper.

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"He doesn't know anyone in Cairo who can help him."

Nijim is not the only Swede to have had a run in with Egyptian authorities during the recent protests.

Two journalists working for Sveriges Television (SVT) were also detained while recording footage in the Cairo suburbs on Sunday.

Just as reporter Samir Abu Eid and camera operator Pernilla Edholm began filming a demonstration, soldiers intervened, pointing their weapons at Abu Eid’s chest, the Expressen newspaper reports.

While Edholm remained in a vehicle with the team's driver, Abu Eid was thrown into an armoured military vehicle before being released an hour later.

"I was extremely relieved when we got out of there. Several journalists have found themselves in bad situations in Egypt in recent days," he told Expressen.

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13:08 January 31, 2011 by UScitizen
I believe the journalists story but I don't know if I believe the other guy's story or not. I'd like to see the bruises and the electric shock marks over his entire body. Of course we never will. He got his 15 minutes of fame.
13:52 January 31, 2011 by Syftfel
As ususal it's not what m,edia writes, it's what they don't write that's interesting. I have a lot of questions on this story, but I'm not even going to begin.
13:57 January 31, 2011 by nakiboyinsweden
Here's my theory. He was arrested legitimately for some crime and he managed to escape as many have during the chaos. He desperately now wants to escape the country before they find out. Just a theory.
14:03 January 31, 2011 by Nemesis
To be blunt. what did they expect? Fika and a politically correct conversation about geo-political events and there effects at the macro level.

They are in the middle of an uprising.

That means people are getting killed and beaten. Mayhem has broken out with an almost complete break down in law and order. Any non-egyptian hanging around, is looking for trouble and most likely will find it.

If he was down watching a riot forn entertainment, then he can not be suprised the police got him.

Riots are not for the entertainment of Swedes or people with names that are clearly not even European, with Swedish citizenship.
15:28 January 31, 2011 by UScitizen
@Rick Methven

does your user name mean you're on meth? You're talking like you're on drugs. What would the mans name mean if it was Svensson? I just live in Sweden. I'n not Swedish and don't have a Swedish name. I don't care what the man's name is, his story doesn't sound right to me.

so rick, you keep living in your own bigoted fantasy world. You really have a bad attitude. Maybe you should seek professional help. Myself and Syftfel may be a "prime pair" as you call it but at least we each have a pair. I don't think you do. Crawl back in your hole Rick.
15:30 January 31, 2011 by Swedesmith
I'd almost rather be trapped in the Gävle goat in downtown Detroit on Halloween night than to be trapped in Cairo right now. It is not a safe place to be and the next 48 hours could get even more dicey.
15:57 January 31, 2011 by tuerd1982
I have similar feeling with Rick Methven, but of course I am not saying a*s holes or idiots. I only says you guys: UScitizen, Syftfel and nakiboyinsweden lack of humanity and sympathy. You people are not a police or a judge so please don't give your ridiculous hypothesis here to give bad impression to others. Before everything will clear from police please shut your mouth unless you are the witnesses.
16:25 January 31, 2011 by UScitizen

You don't know me or know anything about me. You have not been appointed as judge of me or of whether I have humanity or sympathy. In your own words... please shut your mouth. If you want to get together to discuss this, click on my name and send me a message. we'll meet and discuss it then you will know what type of person I am.
16:42 January 31, 2011 by Rick Methven

Your post on most subjects where non-Caucasians are involved shows a clear bias against anybody originating from the Middle East. You know Jack-Sh*t about the guy and what really happened and yet your sick mind wants to see electric burn marks on his body.

Why not ask your fellow countrymen who tortured innocent men in Egypt that they had illegally taken there for the specific purpose of torture, what the Egyptian police can do. If you ask them nicely they may even show you some pictures that you can get off on.
16:58 January 31, 2011 by BobWas
Since accusations of torture are ten a penny, I would want some physical evidence before believing this guy's story.

And I'd also want to know why he was travelling alone, did he even have a return ticket to Sweden, how had he paid for the ticket to Egypt, where is his Swedish passport? Call me Curious George.
17:00 January 31, 2011 by nakiboyinsweden
woah tuerd,

A little unfair to accuse me of having no sympathy is it? This story has no facts, just statements with no evidence to proove anything as yet. Therefore im entitled to take a guess at what happened. I in no way presented anything i said as fact so for you to accuse me of lacking sympathy is quite unfair.

We have a main making a number of statements. I dont feel we are getting the whole story here and until we do since this is a "comments" section, we are allowed to express our opinion. Its not a hateful or racist statement in any way.
17:12 January 31, 2011 by Rick Methven
I ask the question again of the usual suspects who are so quick to doubt the truth of the guys story, without a shred of evidence that there is anything to say that he is lying,

17:54 January 31, 2011 by Juan Harry Bush
@ Rick Meth

What a potty mouth : )

I expected more from someone being on this forum as long as You have.

I've read some of Your other posts, and quite frankly, I almost fell asleep from pure boredom (Yawn).

It would seem You are out numbered here on opinion regarding whatever the so called victim's race is. Who cares anyway if it's Svensson or Abdul.

Swedes, or more to the point, Scandinavians, can't help themselves, they are like children having needed to be told where it's safe to travel to, or leave a hostile area. What reasonable person with common sense and self preservation would venture to these types of "unsettled" territories anyway?

Unless of course the individual with a non-Swede name may have some other "political" or "religious" agenda to attend to.

You are aware that the world is changing, especially with current events in third world countries?

Just another OXY-Moron

No Sympathy for the Devil.
18:05 January 31, 2011 by UScitizen
@ rick Methman and Turd1982.

Were you guys twins, born joined at the head and seperated at birth with each of you only getting half a brain? Say what you want, everyone gets a laugh out of your rants. You two make the rest of us realize just how normal we are.

And to all the other posters, I apologize for lowering myself to the level of those two but I figured I'd have to deal with them in the only way they understand, that would be uncouth and with no class. I hope they understond that big word.... uncouth.
18:07 January 31, 2011 by trackmeifyoucan
"I expected more from someone being on this forum as long as You have"

so apparently members of this forum really thought they are making sense with ridiculous comments, in fact it's one of the reasons I wish there was an alternative to thelocal to avoid their news and the comments they attract
18:10 January 31, 2011 by BobWas
The burden of proof is on the guy making the accusation (that he was tortured).

Also, thanks to Richard Reid, we all know that names and nationalities are irrelevant. A Svensson would -- and should -- have the same burden of proof as this guy.
18:19 January 31, 2011 by Swedesmith
Well, I don't want to see anyone's testicles. I don't care what their last name is.
18:24 January 31, 2011 by Rick Methven
But USCitizen is clearly drooling at the mouth to see those electric probes attached to the guys balls, I wonder whether it is the electric shock or the testicles he really wants to see?
18:53 January 31, 2011 by BobWas
If the guy is saying that his testicles were burned, then let him prove it.

Just as he should prove any other burns/bruises he claims to have.

Homosexual/homophobic inferences have no place in the discussion.
19:01 January 31, 2011 by Rick Methven
You must be aware that there will never be pictures of actual results of torture in ANY press for public view. A few days ago the BBC cut the shot where an Egyptian guy was showing the evidence of the torture he received at the hand of the Egyptian police. it is just to horrific to show But if you want to see some, join along with UScitzen and ask the CIA, I'm sure they have a great collection.
19:06 January 31, 2011 by Swedesmith
I'm not afraid of homos. I just want to see anybody's nuts. They're hairy and ugly (at least mine are).
19:13 January 31, 2011 by Rick Methven
Speak for yourself ducky xx

Just keep them out of the light
19:23 January 31, 2011 by BobWas
Did I say there had to be any torture pictures in the press? Nope, I didn't.
19:29 January 31, 2011 by mojofat
Is it illegal to take a photo of a mosque? I really don't know if it is or not. It seems strange that it would be a crime, but so are many other "crimes" in islam. If it's not, then this does seem to be an odd story...why would the police waste their time on a guy taking a photo when anarchy is breaking out around them?
19:48 January 31, 2011 by UScitizen
@Rick meth

the real torture is all of us having to read your posts. But we're doing it to ourselves so we can't complain. So keep it going. And I thought there were a lot of childish folks back home but nothing like you. If you're Swedish, you're sure giving the country a bad name. If you're not afraid of embarassing your countrymen, tell us where you're from.
21:52 January 31, 2011 by svenne101
i too have lot doubts of this story.

the purpose of his travel .

why he is roaming in the area where chaos are going on.

why he is taking photos when the country is on emergency.

does police have time to torture him when lot of rioting and pludering going on the streets.

after lot of torture , does he had energy to ESCAPE from the prison like in movies.

this guy needs to be checked for everything both physically and mentally by docters in sweden.
22:31 January 31, 2011 by swedishpride
Comment removed by The Local for breach of our terms.
22:44 January 31, 2011 by tuerd1982
@ UScitizen

From your very bias first comment and your other reply I can conclude what kind of person you are. There is no need for sending you a personal message.

@ nakiboyinsweden

I agree with your reply. As you said "This story has no facts, just statements with no evidence to proove anything as yet. Therefore im entitled to take a guess at what happened. I in no way presented anything i said as fact so for you to accuse me of lacking sympathy is quite unfair." it is also unfair to guess in such negative way like you did about that guy before confirm anything. I don't know you had experienced any riot or national chaos in your past life (hope you never). If so you will know it is extremely terrible since always a lot of innocent people become a victim of couple of bad guys.
03:51 February 1, 2011 by Makaveli
wonder how many of you in here would have the balls to say the same things you are saying if this was not anonymous...So easy to sit behind a computer monitor and go on ranting about some bu#¤%%lSh#T. Strangely, everything in here always seems to boil down to race..wonder why! Wonder how many of you go out each day pretending to interact and get along with other races, meanwhile deep inside you are just one big.........you can finish the sentence.
03:51 February 1, 2011 by svenne101

ofcourse many readers are of ther thelocal.se are muslims.

the reason is most immigrants are muslims either refugees or family reunion(fake) and students coming from outside europe(pakistan, bangladesh,india,china,iran,turkey).

thats why i did not found this perticular news in any other swedish news paper, its quite strange.

it seems that local publishes news that are relevant to immigrants or to know what are the opinion of immigrants.
06:17 February 1, 2011 by Zhorka
Damn fascists! If his name was not Aaed Nijim but Lars Jonsson then he would get immediate assistance.
10:08 February 1, 2011 by HYBRED
What a whiner.

"They took off my clothes and gave electric shocks to my entire body,"

There are people that pay good money for that.
10:42 February 1, 2011 by Rick Methven

"thats why i did not found this perticular news in any other swedish news paper,"

proves you never read the article in full - if at all

The first para says "Aaed Nijim told Swedish tabloid Expressen"

The second para says "told the local Helsingborgs Dagblad (HD) newspaper"

That is 2 SWEDISH papers where it was published in.

But then you mostly buy comics and only look at pictures I suspect
11:46 February 1, 2011 by svenne101
i checked those news papers but cant find
11:52 February 1, 2011 by Rick Methven
You have to be able to read first, but to help you out as you seem to have difficulty with most things, here is the link to the Expressen piece

11:58 February 1, 2011 by Rick Methven
and here you can read 5 articles in HD about what happened to Aaed Nijim


And DN also reported on the story


Just try putting Aaed Nijim into a search engine to find that his story is is in National and local press.
15:59 February 1, 2011 by Dave N
Muslim Brotherhood members have been broken out of four Egyptian prisons by armed men. This "Swedish tourist" will probably be one of them.

Never mind, he will eventually return to his host nation (which foolishly gave him a Swedish passport) where he will no doubt be looking forward to the next suicide attack.

To claim you have been tortured during any detention is part of terrorist training, by the way.
16:14 February 1, 2011 by Juan Harry Bush
Re; Richard Cranium aka Meth... What a W-nker !

How about not wasting the readers time on valuble net page space with unitellegent ramblings and go Fix Yourself another highball, it's happy hour, well it's always happy hour for You : )
16:14 February 1, 2011 by Rick Methven
@Dave N true to form I see

Another stupid commentator who has not read the article. Aaed Nijim was born in Qatar and if you look at the pictures in Expressen He took Studenten in Sweden. There is no indication that he is a practising Muslim and his wife is SWEDISH.

But why let facts get in the way of a bigot rant.
18:13 February 1, 2011 by Ravioli
@Rick Meth- Why do you hate white people so much?
18:41 February 1, 2011 by BobWas
Rick Methven, what does having a Swedish wife have to do with anything?
18:51 February 1, 2011 by Juan Harry Bush
@ Rick Meth

The only Stupid commentator around here is You, Moron.

I'm quite sure the majority of poster here would agree : )
18:59 February 1, 2011 by Rick Methven
@JHB if your majority is you, Bobwas and the mexican/italian food junkie Ravioli then you will never get a majority except among fellow Trolls.
19:31 February 1, 2011 by Ravioli
@Rick Muslim-

You've done nothing on this thread but write personal insults (as usual). That makes you the troll. It's too bad you have ZERO debate skills.
19:31 February 1, 2011 by Juan Harry Bush
@ Meth user

It seems you're in need of another methadone fix : )

Either that or You're a Rambling Idiot.

Just Sayin' : )
19:40 February 1, 2011 by Rick Methven
Unfortunately, There is little or no possibility to debate with people of intelligence on this thread when the level of posters is at the pathetic low level of you and your new best friend JHB. And by the way, I am not a Muslim as you claimed in a recent post.

Why not go and have another fix of your latest food fad.

What is going to be your next username when you next get banned?

How about Lasagne?
19:40 February 1, 2011 by BobWas
I'm flattered to have been put in such good company!

Cheers, mates
20:35 February 1, 2011 by Ravioli
@Rick Muslim-

The best you can do is attack my name? Seriously? Well, I guess that's what happens when you've been proven wrong about 50 million times on these boards as well as by what happens in society itself.

And I do not believe for one second that you are not a Muslim. Your comments in all threads are perfectly in line with the other Muslims on here. I think you were the only Westerner to blame the STH suicide bombing on Sweden. Pathetic.
21:33 February 1, 2011 by Rick Methven
Attack your name????

The famous food junkie who turns Methven into Muslim, A family that goes back to Lord Methven of Perth in the 11th century in Scotland when your ancestors where still crawling around in the swamps. It seems like your family has not really managed to improve itself much. In fact by the standard that you exude, your family genes are definitely regressing. There again Trolls are not known for intelligence.

Your memory or source for my blaming the Stockholm bombing on what ? a usual bad trip dream. You should give up whatever it is you are on, it seems to kill the few brain cells you have

But who cares what Californian who could not even find Sweden on a map says?
09:50 February 2, 2011 by Ravioli
Well, I had a response but it was deleted. Meth, don't try and deny that you blamed the STH bombing on Sweden itself. You said something like, "Hopefully Sweden can adapt to its Muslim population." So typical. You've lost every debate so you're turned to name-calling and trolling threads. It's quite sad. Also, constantly fantasizing that people who disagree with you live outside of Sweden is getting a little scary. I have to walk through Rosengård on a weekly basis and see things you wouldn't dream of. Tucked safely away in white-bread Linköping is fine and I'm actually a little jealous. But you trying to comment on Muslim immigration is like a Greenlander commenting on Africa.
14:53 February 2, 2011 by Rick Methven
@Tacos/ravioli "I have to walk through Rosengård on a weekly basis "

Must be a long walk from Californyeay

You are a well know Sh*t stirring racist American troll in all your guises.

Your pretence of walking through Rosengård every week is laughable in the extreme.

We long time members of TL know exactly who you are and what you are. Even your fellow trolls will get tired of you soon.
15:39 February 2, 2011 by soultraveler3
Rick, you usually have nice, well thought out responses to people on these threads but your inital comment in this thread was too much.

Calling them as#holes? Really? Neither one of them brought up anyone's name, you're the one that jumped the gun there.

Is it really out of the realm of possibilty that people would have an easier time believing that a reporter and his cameraman were harrased and taken to jail for an hour than believing that someone was tortured, shocked and threatened for days? Why does it matter where they come from or what their name is?

I haven't been reading as much on these forums lately to know if your accusations / opinion regarding UScitizen and Syftel are true or not so I can't comment on that. You usually conduct yourself better than you have in this thread. Even when I don't agree with your opinion, you still come across as level-headed. What's changed?
16:33 February 2, 2011 by Rick Methven

What has changed is that some new and some old nasty posters have reared their ugly heads and have not only being making nasty posts in general but also rather nasty personal attacks, a lot of which have been removed by the mods so you are only seeing half the picture.

While I agree with you that it is reasonable to expect corroboration at some stage of the treatment that this guy got at the hand of the cops, these 2 jumped straight it and accused the guy of lying.

You only have to look at their posting history to see what they support and oppose, to read between the lines in the thinly veiled cover up of the usual tactic of questioning the Swedishness of someone with a middle eastern name. It is clear that a lot of the posters such as the latest troll Juan Harry Bush, had not even read the storey when he claimed that it was a made up story only in the local and he could not find any mention of it in the Swedish press When 2 papers where mentioned in the first and second para's.

I am all for reasoned debate but these idiots are incapable of any reason. I think I shall go back to not reading the news section as thankfully most of the idiot posters avoid coming on there as they get very short shrift.
18:11 February 2, 2011 by Ravioli
Yeah, Rick- I think that you ought to high-tail it back to the "Discuss" section where everyone agrees with you and you can accuse those who disagree with you of being "racists" and "not living in Sweden" til your little heart is content. Where you can blame Russia and Sweden for Muslim suicide attacks that occur on their own soil.

I somewhat agree with Soultraveler but somewhat disagree. Rick has had a foul mouth on these boards for quite some time and I am shocked that the moderators have not banned him yet. He's also quick to call anyone who dares criticize Islam or their immigrants a "racist" yet has made plenty of racist comments towards...well...everyone but Muslims. Perhaps he has good arguments on other topics (football for example) but when it comes to topics involving race or immigration, TL is better off w/o his trolling.
18:40 February 2, 2011 by Chickybee
This man was Swedish 'on paper' only, I'm getting sick of seeing Swedes doing all kinds of things they never did before - they are dragging our country's good name into the mud.
19:19 February 2, 2011 by Daniel Hynes
Make a good script for a movie !
22:45 February 4, 2011 by ahmed1234
To those who are have doubts about this man's story

search for this name on google

khalid saeed

he was a young boy who just refused to be searched by two police officers illegally. and because of that they beat him to death in front of more than 10 witnesses.

please take a look at his face after his death due to beating and banging his head on walls. and the corrupted Egyptian forensics say that he died of asphyxiation as he tried to swallow a packet of weed when the police officers tried to arrest him.

just take a look at his face and think of asphyxiation and you will know how corrupted the Egyptian regime is.

by the way, the general manager of Egyptian prisons was appointed as minster of interior (ministry responsible for security) after the escape of more than 17000 criminal... can't you see a conspiracy here.

about the sexual threatening. if his wife was with him they would have threatened to rape her in front of him or even rape him in front of her.
00:40 February 13, 2011 by DannyDanDan
Ok everybody. I have read almost all of the comments here...And now I'm gonna tell you guys something. I know Aaed Nijim. I have known him since he came to Sweden(almost 6 years).

And yes, he is a lier. First of all, he was born in Gaza, not Qatar. He wants people to think he was born in Qatar because it's a rich country(and he thinks that makes him "rich").

His wife is swedish, BUT she is a muslim. She became a muslim when she met him. She have lost all her friends becouse he didn't like them. Aaed IS a muslim, but not a very "good" one.

He told me, and all his other "friends" that he was going to Gaza to fight in the war. But that wasn't true of course, he just wanted everybody to feel sad for him or something like that.

Aaed Nijim is a stupid, disgusting person. We were very close friends until he did this. I think he has gonne too far!!
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