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Sweden Says Will Not Expel Rebel Aceh Leader

Sweden on Sunday rejected suggestions that the Stockholm-based leader of the separatist rebels for the Indonesian province of Aceh be expelled from the country to face trial in Indonesia. “No definitely not. As long as they do not do anything against Swedish law and do not violate international law we are not going to do anything,” Foreign Ministry spokesman Jan Janonius told Reuters. He was responding to suggestions in Indonesia during the weekend that the leader of the Stockholm-based Free Aceh Movement (GAM), Hasam Tiro, be extradited. Resources-rich Aceh, on the northern tip of Sumatra island, has been the scene of a simmering decades-long rebellion which has killed at least 10,000 people. Talks to resolve the conflict, scheduled for late last month in Geneva, broke off with each side blaming the other. On Sunday, the Jakarta Post Web Site quoted an “international affairs observer” as saying Tiro should have his Swedish citizenship revoked and be expelled for causing strife in Indonesia. Full Story

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