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Guantanamo Swede never suspected of any crime

Published tisdag 26 april 2011 kl 16.21
Mehdi Ghezali after he was released from Guantánamo in 2004. Photo: Bertil Ericson/Scanpix.

Swedish Mehdi Ghezali, the only Swede to have been held at the US military base Guantanamo, was detained for two years even though he was not suspected of any crime.

According to tabloid Aftonbladet documents, published by whistleblower website Wikileaks, show that Ghezali was detained not because he had committed a crime but so that he could share information about how different militant groups recruit foreigners.


Ghezali was in Afghanistan when the US started its military operation in the country. He was arrested close to the Pakistani border and sent to the military base on Cuba.

According to the documents the Americans considered Ghezali a medium threat not because if what he had done in Afghanistan but because his two year stay in Guantanamo could make him a threat in the future.

The US also wanted Ghezali to be put in prison in another country instead of being completely released after he left Guantanamo.

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