China Criticises Swedish Asylum Decision

The Chinese embassy has put pressure on the Swedish government to send a former Guantanamo prisoner back to China, despite the fact that a Swedish court granted him asylum here in February.

Chinese Uyghur Adil Hakimjan was freed by the US authorities and deported to Albania, the only country that would accept him. He then came to Sweden to meet up with his sister, who lives here. After a drawn-out process he was finally given asylum here in Sweden in February.

But since then, according to Swedish Radio News, the Chinese Embassy here has been in contact with the Swedish Foreign Ministry seven times, claming it was absurd that the ”terrorist”, as they called him, should be allowed into Sweden and demanding he be sent back to China. Swedish civil servants replied by informing the embassy that politicians in Sweden have no influence on court decisions.