Fate of Two Deported Egyptians Still Unclear
Almost eight years after their deportation from Sweden the fate of two Egyptian nationals imprisoned for terror charges is still unclear. In December 2001, Mohammad Alzery and Ahmed Agiza were handed over by Swedish authorities to the CIA after they had applied for asylum in Sweden.
The United States suspected the two men of terrorist activity and they were flown to Egypt where they faced a trial in which they were found guilty. But human rights organizations as well as the United Nations considered both the charges and the trial unfair - pointing out that the two defendants had been tortured while in custody. The Swedish government granted the two Egyptians compensation and declared their deportation from Sweden invalid.
But until today, the two men are in Egyptian prison. Speaking to Swedish Radio news, Carl-Henrik Ehrencrona, head of the judicial department of the Swedish foreign ministry, denies that the Swedish state has an obligation to help the Egyptians return to Sweden.
But human rights lawyer Anna Wigenmark of the Civil Rights Defenders in Stockholm holds the Swedish authorities responsible of the two Egyptians’ fate and demands their immediate return to Sweden.