STOCKHOLM, Sweden, Nov. 23 (UPI) -- A former Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, detainee was not going to any terrorism centers when he was arrested in Pakistan last summer, his Swedish lawyers say.
Peter Althin and Anton Strand, attorneys for Swedish resident Mehdi Ghezali, wrote in the Dagens Nyheter newspaper Ghezali's Aug. 28 arrest and Oct. 11 release without serious charges came while he was merely on a trip to celebrate Ramadan in Miranshah, the main city in the lawless region of North Waziristan, the Swedish news agency TT reported Monday.
Pakistani authorities alleged that Ghezali, along with fellow Swedes Munir Awad, 28, Safia Benaouda, 19, and their 2-year-old son were on their way to meet alleged Taliban leader Zahir Noor, TT said.
Althin and Strand told Dagens Nyheter even though Ghezali was released from Guantanamo in 2004 without being accused of any wrongdoing, he and his family remain under the surveillance of the Swedish security service Sapo.
"The situation seems familiar to all of us who've read Franz Kafka," the attorneys wrote, alleging the Swedish media's coverage of Ghezali smacked of "xenophobia."