The two men were taken to Egypt via Bromma Airport Photo: Bertil Ericson/Scanpix
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Illegal Egypt deportation in 2001

"Inhuman treatment on Swedish soil"
5:06 min

One of the biggest scandals to shake Sweden involved the Swedish government working closely with President Mubarack's regime, which is the target of mass protests in Egypt right now.

Back in December 2001 two Egyptian citizens were deported, via Stockholm's Bromma Airport, to Egypt, where they faced torture and imprisonment.

Kjell Jönsson was the lawyer for Muhammed Alzery, who was accused of belonging to an illegal organisation in Egypt.

He says that this forced deportation was a political decision, by the then Social Democrat Swedish government, and that the men were deported as soon as the decision was taken - there was no chance for a judicial review.

By 2008 the Swedish Chancellor of Justice had admitted that the decision was wrong, and the Swedish state paid out three million Swedish kronor to each of the two Egyptians - but neither were allowed back to Sweden.

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