Eritrean to be Deported on Private Plane

An Eritrean man, who was to be deported from Sweden but violently refused, is now to be sent back with a rental plane costing over 80,000 US Dollars.

Despite previous protests from Amnesty International and the UN Refugee Agency, the 23-year-old man was to be picked up by Swedish police, and deported back to Eritrea.

But upon boarding the plane the man became violent and the pilot decided he was a flight risk. Now the Swedish Migration Board has once again denied his application for residency and the man is to be sent home.

Amnesty has said that the man is even more at risk now when he returns because of all the attention placed on his case. A spokesperson from Amnesty says that the situation is serious in Eritrea right now, and that they had reports that those sent back have faced arrest and torture upon entering the country.

Currently the Swedish-Eritrean journalist and writer Dawit Isaak is being held in an Eritrean prison without trial. He has been there since 2001 and despite denying reports of torture, the Eritrean authorities have rejected any visitation rights.

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