Dawit Isaak

Call for Military Intervention

The head of the Swedish Young Conservatives, the youth league of the conservative Moderate Party, wants a military intervention to free a Swedish journalist held prisoner in Eritrea.

The journalist, Dawit Issak, has been held with charge in Eritrea since 2001. Swedes have campaigned for his release, but as recently as Tuesday Eritrean president Isaias Afwerki described the campaign as a conspiracy against his country, and said Isaak would not be released or put on trial.

In response, Young Conservative leader Niklas Wykman has called for a military intervention to free the captive journalist. He says the Eritrean president is obviously not interested in a diplomatic resolution. 

Swedish Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt, leader of the conservative Moderate Party, says he sees his young counterpart’s remarks as an expression of frustration. Reinfeldt says it’s hard to see what can be done now to help Dawit Issak. (gw)

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