No Residence for Controversial Egyptians

The Swedish government has refused to give permission to stay in this country to two Egyptians who were handed over to the CIA in 2001, and reportedly tortured.

The two were picked up at Stockholm’s Bromma airport as part of the CIA’s controversial program of extraordinary rendition and flown to Egypt, where they were imprisoned and where they say they were tortured.

The Swedish action has been widely criticised by both United Nations and human rights organisations.

The two had asked for residence in Sweden. They were rejected by the migration authorities. On Thursday the government confirmed that decision, citing secret information from the security service of the police.