Two men convicted for attempting to blackmail Swedish-Eritrean woman

"Thousands of people are being held captive in the Sinai."
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A Stockholm District Court has found two men guilty of attempting to blackmail a Swedish-Eritrean woman whose friend had been kidnapped by criminal gangs in the Sinai desert in Egypt.

The older of the two, a 21-year-old man, was sentenced to one month in jail as well as probation, while the younger, aged 18, was given a probationary sentence.

The case is a first in the West. Although blackmail of relatives of Eritreans kidnapped in the Sinai desert has been going on for years, and has been documented by human rights organisations, it has only recently become a flashpoint issue in Western nations.

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