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Concern Over Police Links with CIA

Concern over the extent the Swedish police security service SÄPO co-operates with foreign intelligence agencies such as the CIA has been raised by lawyers for the three Swedes recently released from jail in Ethiopia.

The men were held for five months suspected of having links to Islamic extremists in Somalia.

Speaking through their lawyers, the men allege they were questioned by CIA agents and other security services who had detailed knowledge of Sweden and Swedish life.

The fears follow the men’s recent allegations that they were also tortured while in jail.

The chairman of the Swedish Parliament’s Justice Committee, Thomas Bodström, says he will take the issue to parliament’s Committee on the Constitution, in bid to discover the nature of Säpo’s cooperation with other agencies, and whether the Swedish Foreign Ministry knew how the men were allegedly treated.

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