A Muslim enemy combatant, who traveled from his home in Sweden to fight with the Islamic State (ISIS) in Syria, has now returned to Sweden and is demanding thousands of dollars in missed welfare payments from the Swedish Government.
Sputnik News The jihadist stood accused of attending a terrorist camp and spreading propaganda for terrorist groups. He was also found trampling on dead Syrian soldiers, posing with corpses and humiliating Christians.
The man formerly known as Bherlin Gildo, one of Sweden’s first jihadists to travel to Syria, is demanding over SEK 200,000 (about $20,600) in damages from Sweden, because the Social Insurance Agency didn’t pay him the so-called activity support while he was detained in the UK.
Gildo was arrested by the British authorities in September 2014 and was investigated for terrorist offences, but released in June 2015 and cleared of the charges after, as the British press put it, a “wrangle between lawyers” as intelligence services “refused to hand over evidence”.
Before the charges were dropped, he was due to stand trial at London’s Old Bailey, accused of attending a terrorist camp between 2012 and 2013 and becoming a propagandist for terrorist groups.
After Gildo joined ISIS in Syria, photographs of him trampling on dead Syrian soldiers, posing with corpses and humiliating Christians were published on social media, some of them by Gildo himself, the Swedish newspaper Expressen reported.
After his release, Gildo returned to Sweden, where he changed his name and address. Now he is demanding compensation for the benefits he didn’t receive while incarcerated in the UK. He also accused the Swedish Security Service SÄPO of playing a role in what he claims to be a wrongful deprivation of liberty.
“Who ordered or decided on the detention has not been acknowledged, but SÄPO cooperated with MI6 in England,” Gildo was quoted as claiming.
Magnus Ranstorp, a senior researcher at the National Defence College and one of Sweden’s foremost experts on terrorism, said this was the first case when a Swedish jihadist has demanded damages from the state, calling Gildo’s claims “bizarre”.