Sinai kidnapping - 2 Swedes charged

2013-05-28 17:52
An Egyptian soldier keeps guard at a watch tower on the Egyptian side of the border with Israel in the Sinai. (David Buimovitch, AFP)

An Egyptian soldier keeps guard at a watch tower on the Egyptian side of the border with Israel in the Sinai. (David Buimovitch, AFP)

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Stockholm - A prosecutor has charged two Swedish men with extortion after they threatened to kill an Eritrean man held captive in Egypt's lawless Sinai desert.

Prosecutor Krister Petersson said on Tuesday that the men, aged 21 and 18, told a woman in Sweden they would kill her kidnapped Eritrean acquaintance if she didn't pay them $33 000. The men have denied the charges.

Petersson says the man was captured sometime before January. It is unclear what has happened to him since, although the plaintiff fears he may be dead.

Petersson says extortion against relatives of African refugees in the West is common, but most cases are never reported to police.

Last year, an Israeli man was charged with extorting African migrants in Israel whose relatives were being held in Sinai.

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