Ghezali Defends Pakistan Trip

Mehdi Ghezali is in the Swedish news again. The Swede, who was once detained at the US military base at Guantánamo Bay on suspected terrorism charges and was held more recently by Pakistani intelligence officers, has been giving his side of the story to the Swedish press following his return from South-Asia.

Through his lawyer, Ghezali, who has already produced a book on his Guantánamo Bay experiences, told Dagens Nyheter newspaper that his reason for being in the Waziristan region of Pakistan in August this year was to take part in Ramadan celebrations. He was detained by Pakistani security officials along with a group of foreign citizens, including three Swedes, on suspicions of having ties with Al-Qaeda.

He was released without charge on October the tenth. Ghezali's lawyer Peter Althin spoke of a media campaign against his client without any foundation and also accused Säpo, Sweden's security service, of tracking Ghezali's movements in Sweden.

Ghezali was detained in Guantánamo Bay military prison between January 2002 and July 2004 after being captured in the Tora Bora mountains in Pakistan close to the border with Afghanistan where a US bombing campaign was carried out in order to capture AL Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden. Ghezali was released from Guantánamo without any charge and on his return to Sweden spoke of his experiences of torture during his detainment.