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Refugees Spied Upon in Sweden

Published tisdag 10 november 2009 kl 18.03

It's been revealed that between ten and twenty foreign government's are carrying out spying work in Sweden on refugees from their own country who live here.

Since 1995 ten foreign diplomats have been expelled from Sweden for carrying out unlawful spying activities, mostly directed against refugees. This is confirmed by figures from the Swedish police intelligence service, SÄPO, reports Swedish newspaper Dagens Nyheter.

SÄPO confirms that China is one of the 10 to 20 countries believed to carry out intelligence work in Sweden today.

At the moment a preliminary investigation is being made against a 61 year old man of Uyghur descent, who is suspected of unlawful spying activities, having reported on other exile Uyghurs to the Chinese regime. The man was detained for three months but was released in August this year, with a ban on leaving the country while waiting for prosecution.

Immediately after the capture of the Uyghur man the Swedish government expelled a Chinese diplomat, and SÄPO tells Dagens Nyheter that these two events are connected.

The newspaper also write that intelligence work is often carried out through diplomats who recruit spies among the refugees from their own country living in Sweden. One way of recruiting these spies is to threaten to report them to the police, for crimes commited in their home country or for having received their residence permit on false grounds.

Now is the first time since 1995 that a preliminary investigation is being made on a private person suspected of unlawful activities in Sweden. Back in 1995 a Morrocan was prosecuted and then sentenced to prison for the same crime.

Radio Sweden's Ingrid Forsberg spoke to Patrik Peter, press officer at SÄPO.

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