CAIRO, Aug. 15 (UPI) — An Egyptian man deported from Sweden to Egypt and held in a Cairo prison for nearly a decade has been freed, officials said.
It remained to be seen Monday if Sweden will let Ahmed Agiza return to the country where he has family, Svergies Television said.
Janne Flyghed, professor of criminology at Stockholm University and a researcher on terrorism, said it would be unusual if SAPO, Sweden’s security service, bans Agiza from returning.
Agiza was spirited out of the country in 2001 by the CIA as part of a widely criticized rendition practice. An Egyptian military court later convicted him of terrorism.
Agiza said upon his release from the Tora prison: “I’m no terrorist. I’m not some sort of security risk for Sweden,” the Swedish news agency TT quoted him as saying.
Agiza said he sustained injuries in prison, including a broken nose, which made it hard for him to breathe.
“I’ve been able to meet with a specialist at a center for torture injuries to receive help,” Agiza said. “The problem is that my brain is in high gear even when I sleep.”
Agiza, and fellow Egyptian Mohammed Alzery, who was also deported, have since received payments of more than $460,000 each from the Swedish government.
Agiza said he was forcibly handed over to the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency by Swedish authorities as part of a terrorist investigation.
His deportation was criticized by human rights organizations and the decision to release Agiza came after protests by social democratic groups and the United States.