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Bodström Wants to Move Expulsion Decisions

Published onsdag 29 september 2004 kl 13.38

Sweden’s Minister of Justice says that he wants to move decisions about the detention and expulsion of suspected terrorists from the government to the courts.

In an interview with Swedish Radio Wednesday Bodström said that ”we are working toward this and hopefully we will be able to put forward a proposal early next year.” 

Recently a 25-year-old Iraqi citizen was detained, accused of plotting terror attacks in Iraq. He was released on a ruling by the Stockholm Court of Appeals but was arrested immediately after by officers from SÄPO, the security service branch of the Swedish police.

Under Sweden’s anti-terror laws, foreign citizens may be detained and expelled if SÄPO finds that there is a risk they may commit terrorist attacks. Thomas Bodström said that such decisions should be made by courts.

The Justice Minister added that the Iraqi man should remain in custody for another two weeks pending a decision whether to expel him from the country.

The 25 year old was arrested, along with three other men, earlier this year and was detained on suspicion of helping organize attacks in Iraq.

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