pakistan arrests

Could Face Death Penalty

The Swedes arrested in Pakistan could face the death penalty if found guilty, according to Swedish broadsheet Svenska Dagbladet. The paper says a source within Pakistan's security service has told them that the Swedes are suspected of spying - something that has not been confirmed by Pakistan or by Swedish authorities, who say that the suspicions are mostly of terrorist activity.

The arrested Swedes include Mehdi Ghezalis who was released from US jail Guantanamo Bay in 2004 without charge.

And while on Thursday news agency TT reported that the 19 year old Swedish woman and her two year old son would be freed, following a Swedish diplomatic effort, on Friday morning the Swedish Foreign Office could not confirm this - and the Pakistani Interior Minister Rehman Malik has denied any knowledge of the possible release, writes tabloid Aftonbladet.

The minister told the paper that the fact remains that the woman travelled illegally to Waziristan together with someone with links to Al Qaida and that she is still under investigation. Waziristan is an area contested between pakistan's army and the so called Pakistan Taliban.