Mehdi Ghezali

Pakistan: Swedish Woman and Child to be Released 'Shortly'

Pakistani authorities have announced that a Swedish woman and her infant son who were apprehended in August are to be released shortly, a spokesman for the Swedish foreign ministry said on Wednesday. The 19-year-old woman and her child had been captured together with two Swedish men by Pakistani security forces in the northwestern part of the country, close to the Afghan border.

One of the detainees is 30-year-old Mehdi Ghezali who had once before been arrested in Pakistan in 2001, shortly after the 9/11 terror attacks in the USA. The Swedish nationals had entered the country illegally without visa. They are suspected of being involved in terrorist activities and having been in contact with leading members of al-Qaeda, but no formal charges have been brought against them. According to the Swedish spokesman Pakistani interior minister Rehman Malik announced the planned release of the woman and her child in a meeting with Sweden’s ambassador Ulrika Sundberg. There is no information on further procedures concerning the two men still in custody.

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