File photo: TT
File photo: TT

Carl Bildt smuggled journalist out of Afghanistan

Former Foreign Minister Carl Bildt smuggled an Afghan student and journalist facing the death penalty out of the country in the government plane, it has been revealed.

The man was taken out of Kabul in 2009 under the cover of darkness by Bildt and the then UN High Representative in Afghanistan, Kai Eide. He had been fighting for women's rights, tabloid Expressen writes, and was sentenced to death for "insulting islam".

He was secretly pardoned by the Afghan government after an international campaign, and Carl Bildt took him in his plane to Stockholm. The journalist then travelled on to Norway, where he was given asylum.

Norwegian newspaper Dagbladet wrote about the story back in 2009, but it is only now that Eide and Bildt have confirmed that it all took Place.

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