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Sweden confirms 3 nationals held in Pakistan
Associated Press
2009-09-13 01:34 AM
Sweden confirmed Saturday that three of its citizens were among a group of foreigners arrested in August by police in northwestern Pakistan.

Camilla Akesson Lindblom, a Foreign Ministry spokeswoman, said the identities of those arrested had not yet been provided by Pakistan and Swedish authorities did not know where they were being held.

"We have had it confirmed by Pakistan authorities," Akesson Lindblom said of the arrests. "We have no information about what they are accused of."

According to Pakistani police, the Aug. 28 arrests in the town of Dera Ghazi Khan, close to the country's northwestern tribal regions, included a Swedish man named Mehdi-Muhammed Ghezali, three other Swedes and seven Turks. Police said a Pakistani man was also traveling with them and a document also listed a woman among them.

Ghezali, a Swede arrested in Pakistan 2001, had been held for two years at the U.S. prison camp in Guantanamo Bay. He was released by the U.S. in 2004 and has denied any links to al-Qaida.

Pakistani police said they were arrested on suspicion of links to al-Qaida, after entering the country from Iran and planning to travel to the tribal areas. One was carrying a laptop computer and $10,000.

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