The well-known author and opinion-maker Kurdo Baksi says the man is in a Syrian prison, and he criticizes the Swedish Foreign Ministry for not doing more to help him. He says three people who say they met the missing man in prison later contacted his family.
The man, who has lived in Sweden for many years, returned to his native Iraq after the fall of Saddam Hussein. He was working for the Iraqi parliament, which Kurdo Baksi says the Syrian authorities regarded as anti-Syrian behavior.
The authorities in Damascus say he left Syria after his arrival there in March last year, but Kurdo Baksi says there are no indications he ever entered any of Syria’s neighbors afterwards.