Bodström Denies Prior Knowledge of Deportations
Former Swedish Minister for Justice Thomas Bodström rejects the claims that he had prior knowledge of the deportation of two Egyptian citizens suspected of terrorist activities, in 2001. The matter has been criticised because it was carried out by CIA agents on Swedish territory.
The claims come from a book by Eva Franchell, a friend and ex-colleague of late Foreign Minister Anna Lindh. According to Franchell, Bodström was sent an e-mail informing him of the matter the day before the deportation would take place.
Bodström says to Swedish Radio News that he personally did not receive such information but that it may have reached his department. However, he would not have objected even if he had seen it, as it was in the hands of the Swedish Security Service and no one had foreseen that it would be carried out in an objectionable manner.
Former Swedish Prime Minister Göran Persson stated on Sunday that he remembers the situation differently from Franchell, and that although being under Anna Lindh’s authority, the whole government was responsible for the decision.