Abbas Haj Ali said that when he arrived in Sweden 11 years ago, he lied and said he was originally from Iraq, believing that it would increase his chances of being granted asylum, TheLocal.se reported Thursday.
However, that lie eventually caused the Swedish Migration Board to have him deported. Police had him sent to Iraq.
"They likely looked at his files, saw documents from Iraq, and then decided to send him to Iraq," Ali's lawyer Emma Persson told Sveriges Radio.
Once he landed in Iraw, Ali was arrested for carrying forged documents and ended up spending three years in prison in Iraq.
"The cell was so narrow I couldn't sleep well, Baghdad prison is dirty ... and the guards often hit me in the head and chest," Ali told Sveriges Radio on Thursday.
Now, Ali said he plans to sue the Swedish government for the incorrect deportation.