Two nights ago I included a translated article in the news feed about three suspected “Swedish” Al Qaeda terrorists who were arrested in Pakistan. The article didn’t say so explicitly, but one would assume that these were culturally enriched fellows rather than blond-haired blue-eyed guys with surnames like Svensson and Eriksson.
It turns out that our assumptions were correct, and to make the matter even more poignant, one of the apprehended “Swedes” is Mehdi Ghezali, who graduated from Guantanamo before moving on to higher things.
Our Swedish correspondent CB has translated a news article about the case. First, the translator’s introduction:
This is just too good!
Ghezali has become somewhat of a celebrity in Sweden among all those who could only see Guantanamo as a sign of the evil Americans, who under Bush tortured and incarcerated innocent Muslims there.
Of course, Ghezali was soooooooooo innocent according to the people in the know. As was the infamous Yassin Ali from Rinkeby, accused of shipping money to Somali jihadists. He also was innocent of his crimes, and then when he was released and the cameras went dark he headed down to Somalia and started the killer-branch of al-Shabab/Hizbul Islam and began to kill people indiscriminately.
Now we have another case of a misunderstood and abused young man who suddenly turns jihadi. Will the leftist reporters ever learn? Obviously not! Look at this reporter’s statement: Ghezali didn’t know why he was arrested in 2001! Who in the real world would believe that?
The fact that the apprehended men were carrying jihadist material isn’t a factor for the Swedish MSM, since that could cast the poor man in a bad light and they would have to agree that America under Bush was probably right about Ghezali.
Here’s the translation from Expressen:
The Guantanamo Swede is caught in Pakistan
The Guantanamo Swede Mehdi Ghezali is once again suspected of terror crimes. The 30-year-old has been apprehended in Pakistan for collusion with Al Qaeda, according to Rapport [the big TV-news program on Sweden’s public TV].
Mehdi Ghezali was arrested in Pakistan in 2001 and incarcerated at the infamous Guantanamo base. He was released in 2004, without knowing why he was arrested.
Now he has been arrested again, according to Rapport.
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Mehdi Ghezali is one of the three Swedes who were apprehended in the Punjab Province of Pakistani a little over a week ago, suspected of collusion with the terror network Al Qaeda, reveals Rapport.
The Swedish Foreign Ministry cannot confirm the information:
“We have been informed by the news in Pakistani media that three Swedes have been apprehended. Our embassy in Islamabad is working to confirm the information,” says Ellinor Lundmark at the Foreign Ministry’s press office.