Ethiopia Refuses to Release Captive Swedes

Ethiopia has rebuffed a request from Sweden that three Swedes detained for several months on suspicion of terrorist acts be freed.

A senior ministry official told the Swedish ambassador that the appeal had ”the tone of an order” and ”is not acceptable” and says the three will stand trial.

According to the ministry ”The suspects of terror, whatever their nationality, should be brought to the court of justice.”

Last week, Sweden demanded the immediate release of the Swedes. The Ethiopian government announced in early May that it was holding 41 people of 17 nationalities arrested in Somalia on suspicion of ”terrorism”.