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Bildt: Sweden in dark over US terror extradition

TT/The Local/pvs · 20 Jan 2013, 08:29

Published: 20 Jan 2013 08:29 GMT+01:00

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In an interview with Sveriges Radio on Saturday, Bildt was asked whether Sweden received any information before the Swedes were taken to the US.

"If they'd be transported when it happened? No," he said.

The two Swedish nationals, aged 27 and 29-years-old and with Somali backgrounds, were arrested in Djibouti in August 2012.

The Swedish foreign ministry launched negotiations with authorities in Djibouti for the men to travel back to Sweden.

But before negotiations were concluded, the two men were taken to the United States to face charges of participating in weapons and explosives training with al-Shabaab, a US-designated terrorist group linked to al-Qaeda.

The Swedes joined al-Shabaab in 2008 and are accused of participating in weapons training with the group over a four year period.

A brother to one of the men has however previously claimed that the men regretted joining up with al-Shabaab and were on the run when they were arrested in August.

When the men were arrested the Swedish Security Service approached the prosecutor to assess whether they could be charged with any terror crime in Sweden.

It was assessed that there was no legal grounds to open a criminal investigation.

The 29-year-old's lawyer has previously said that the defendants have not committed any crimes against the US.

"American authorities believe that al-Shabaab, which has been designated as a terrorist group by the United States, propagates its activities on the internet and therefore 'affects American foreign trade'. In that case more or less anything falls within American jurisdiction," lawyer Ephraim Savitt told the TT news agency in December.

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If found guilty, the men could face up to 30 years in prison.

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09:24 January 20, 2013 by snowtiger
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10:24 January 20, 2013 by robban70226

Going fot the tangent,

The issue is international law and respect for other peoples rights,

What if something happens and you get arrested in Thailand?
12:23 January 20, 2013 by snowtiger
Dear The Local, sorry I have offended your beloved people, the muslims. Please accept my heartfelt and sincere apology. Please forgive my ignorance due to the lack of education. I only went to the FU university for a short few years that's all.

Thank you
19:21 January 20, 2013 by ZZTop
Bildt did the right thing. These people were obviously involved in terrorist activities of some sort. And since the Americans made the judgement to attain these people and have them transferred to the States on terrorist charges, I don´t see what the problem is. Since being a member of a terrorist organisation is not a crime in Sweden (how this is be possible is beyond me) but is a crime in the States, I fully support these people to be tried in an American court.
20:58 January 20, 2013 by NyDag
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11:41 January 21, 2013 by Rishonim
Leave them in the USA. They will better serve the Swedish society in a US prison.
14:35 January 21, 2013 by godnatt
No Mr. Bildt you weren't consulted since the Swedish solution would be to set them free and let the Swedish tax payers support them while they plot their next acts of terrorism.

Leave the dealings with terrorists to the grown ups.
08:59 February 18, 2013 by robban70226
Mr. Bildt , you must really feel very important for the USA
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