Fears for Swede seized in Ethiopia

The Swedish Foreign Ministry has called on Ethiopia’s ambassador to Sweden to reveal more information regarding the well-being of a 20-year-old Swedish citizen who was seized in Ethiopia twenty days ago.

The man, who comes from Umeå in the north of Sweden, was taken by police from a commercial flight upon landing at Addis Abbaba airport, where he was due to meet an uncle.

The family’s lawyer wrote an open letter to the Foreign Ministry asking why the man’s parents have not been kept informed of developments.

According to the ministry, Ethiopian authorities are yet to confirm the man has been kidnapped, which they describe as ”unusual”, stating that in most cases, they are informed immediately of such incidents.

Among unconfirmed reports that he has been deported from Ethiopia, there is still much confusion over the Swedish man’s whereabouts.

The man’s Somalian origins, and even his name, may hold a vital clue as to why he is being held. Ethiopia has been engaged in active conflict with a group of Islamist fighters from Somalia, known as the Union of Islamic Courts.

Tensions remain heightened across both countries, and it’s possible that the Swedish man is the victim of mistaken identity. There is nothing to suggest he has any connection with the recent troubles in the region.

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