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Ex-Guantanamo Man Granted Swedish Asylum

Published onsdag 18 februari 2009 kl 16.19

A former Guantanamo Bay prisoner from China has been granted permanent residency in Sweden after the Migration court overurned an earlier deportation order.

The man, 34 year old Adil Hakimjan, had been held in the notorious military prison for nearly five years before he was deported to Albania, where he was granted residency. He came to Sweden in 2007 to take part in a human rights conference and stayed with his sister who lives here. He later applied for Swedish asylum, which was at first rejected because he already had residency in Albania.

In explaining it’s decision, the Migration court said that there were compelling reasons to make an exception to the first country of asylum principle.

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