Sweden arrests person suspected of spying on refugees

Police organize a line of refugees on the stairway leading up from trains arriving at the Hyllie train station in Sweden. A person has been arrested on suspicion of spying on refugees who fled to Sweden. (File/AFP)
Updated 28 February 2019
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Sweden arrests person suspected of spying on refugees

  • In June, a 49-year old Tibetan man was found guilty of spying for China by gathering information on Tibetans who had fled to Sweden
  • A court sentenced him to 22 months in jail

COPENHAGEN: The Swedish domestic security agency says a person has been arrested on suspicion of spying on refugees who fled to Sweden.
The agency, known as SAPO, said Thursday the unidentified person was arrested a day earlier, adding it had been working on the case “for a long time.”
SAPO said the espionage is a way “of trying to prevent refugees from expressing criticism of the regime in the country they have fled,” adding the agency “conducts active work to prevent and counteract the spying on refugees that occurs in Sweden.”
In June, a 49-year old Tibetan man was found guilty of spying for China by gathering information on Tibetans who had fled to Sweden. A court sentenced him to 22 months in jail.


Iran looks to Pakistan for mediation

Updated 13 min 21 sec ago
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Iran looks to Pakistan for mediation

  • Zarif started a two-day visit to Islamabad

Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi assured his visiting Iranian counterpart on Friday that Islamabad would continue its efforts to ensure peace in the region, the Pakistani Foreign Office said. 

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammed Javad Zarif arrived in Pakistan to seek mediation amid heightened tensions between the Islamic Republic and the US.

Zarif started a two-day visit to Islamabad, ahead of next week’s emergency Arab League meeting. “Tensions in the region are in no one’s interest,” Qureshi said, promising that Islamabad would continue its efforts for peace in the region. AN