Police Locked Muslims in Mosque

November 10, 2010

During a raid last week after a bomb threat on central Göteborg, Swedish Police locked eight Muslims in a mosque during morning prayer. One of the men suspected to have something to do with the bomb threat – he has later been dismissed from the investigation – was in the mosque to pray. The other seven men had no connection to the terror accusations, but just happened to be in the mosque when police arrived.

The police blocked the mosque for three hours without any information was given to the persons inside (one of which was an elderly man who asked to have his medication, but his request was refused).

The chair of the Islamic Information Society (Islamiska informationsföreningen), Ahmed Al-Mofty, has complained about the police’s actions to Ingemar Johansson, head of the county police in Gothenburg. “The police surely wouldn’t have behaved that way if they were entering a church or a synagogue. What happened is totally insane,” he said.

The men who were locked in the mosque have no plans to pursue the matter further, but the actions of the police are being reviewed by prosecutor Björn Ericson with the Swedish National Police Crimes Unit (Riksenheten för polismål).