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Iraqi-Swede Jailed Near Bagdad by Americans Since May

Published tisdag 30 december 2008 kl 10.01
Green zone in Bagdad

The Swedish Foreign Ministry reports that it does not know why an Iraqi Swede has been imprisoned by American authorities outside of Bagdad since May.

The man has been classified as a “security prisoner” with no charges brought against him.

The man reportedly returned to Iraq from Sweden to start a new business. He has been allowed visits by Iraqi family members and has been contacted by a representative the Swedish Foreign Minister.

A well-known Swedish lawyer has denounced the foreign ministry for being so slow to provide legal assistance to the imprisoned man. The lawyer defended a Swedish citizen held by the Americans in the Guantanamo prison camp in Cuba – released after several years with no charges ever brought against him.

The Swedish branch of Amnesty International says Swedish authorities must work hard to reject the American classification of the man as a “security prisoner” without any specific charges brought against him as unacceptable violation of human rights.

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