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Monitoring the Guantanamo Sweden?

Published tisdag 27 september 2005 kl 12.02
Mehdi Ghezali

The commercial television station TV4 says the Swedish government has promised to keep the American authorities informed about the former Guantanamo prisoner, Mehdi Ghezali.

In a documentary Monday evening, TV4 said that the government is obliged to report if Ghezali receives a passport or travels abroad, and even about who he meets. Swedish Foreign Minister Laila Freivalds has dismissed the report, repeating the government’s position that no guarantees have been made to the United States. She says Washington has only been informed about what Swedish authorities can do under Swedish law.

Ghezali was captured in Pakistan at the end of 2001 and spent more than two years at Guantanamo before he was allowed to return to Sweden. No charges have ever been filed against him. Despite repeated requests from the Swedish government, the American authorities have never provided any evidence linking him with terrorists.

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