Sweden has ordered a diplomat from Eritrea’s embassy to leave the country within the next 48 hours.

“I can confirm that a foreign diplomat has been ordered to leave the country but I can’t go into the reasons,” foreign ministry spokeswoman Charlotta Ozaki Macías told the TT news agency. The ministry has a

The ministry has a policy of not revealing the nationality of diplomats ejected from Sweden.

A number of TT’s sources however were able to independently confirm that Sweden had given the first secretary at the Eritrean embassy just two days to leave.

A spokeswoman for the embassy declined to comment when reached by The Local.

One source, who asked not to be named, told TT: “It’s been in the works for a long time that an Eritrean diplomat was to be ejected.”

Sweden’s reasons for taking the unusual step are unclear.

Diplomats cannot be prosecuted if they commit a crime but they can be declared persona not grata and told to leave the country.

Many Swedish-Eritreans accuse the embassy of demanding they pay a two-percent exile tax. Failure to pay can result in the embassy refusing to give them ID documents or even harming their families in Eritrea, they say.

The embassy has also faced repeated accusations that it spies on Swedish-Eritreans who are critical of the country’s dictatorial regime.
In Sweden, the best-known such critic is Dawit Isaak, a Swedish-Eritrean journalist who has spent 13 years in an Eritrean jail without trial.

Source: The Local

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  • ኣርዓዶም September 6, 2014

    ሕጂ`ውን ዓርዓዶም`የ እብለኩም ኣለኹ ። ምስጕግ ቖንስል ኤርትራ ንዓና ን ኤርትራውያን ዋላ ሓንቲ ለውጢ ኣየምጽኣልናን ኢዩ። ስዊደን ንኤርትራ ወኪሉ ዝሰርሕ ኣይኮነትን ትሰጉግ ዘላ፡ ንሓደ ውልቐ ሰብ፡ ብሰብ ዝተዓስበ ብምዅኑ ጥራይ እምበር ኣብ ኤርትራ መንግስቲ ዝብሃል ስለዘየለ፡ ብውልቓዊ ንጥፈታቱ ኢያ ትሰጎ ዘላ።
    እዚ ሰብ እዚ ጥራይ ኣይኮነን ነዚ ማፌ ወኪሉ ዝሰርሕ፡ ብዙሓት ከምኡ ጸላም ከደኖ፡ ክሰብኩን ቁጽሪ ሞባይል ክእክቡን ዝውዕሉን ዝሓድሩን ዘለው ንፈልጦም ኢና። ኣብ ፈቐዶ ኢሮፖ፡ ቑጽርታት ተለፎናት ብምጥርናፍ፡ንህዝቢ ተለፎንን ተስትን እንዳበገሩ ብምፍርራሕን፡ ንዘይምእዘዞም ከም ተቓዋሚ ህግደፍ ብምውሳድ፡ክንጽልዎ ዝፍትኑ ዓያሹ ብሃማት ብዙሓት ኢዮም።
    ሕጂ`ውን ኣሰራርሓና ኢዩ ዝውስኖ፡ ንሕና ከም ደለይቲ ጽቡቕ ህዝቢ ኤርትራ መጠን፡ ከም`ቲ ንሶም ሰብ ብምፍርራሕ ዝከትቡ ዘለው፡ንሕናውን ናህና ናህሪ ብምውሳኽ፡ ነቶም ሰረቕቲን ሓሰውትን ህግደፍዋይን ከነከሽሖምን፡ ህዝቢ ኣብ ጎኒ ደለይቲ ጽቡቕ ኤርትራ ብምስላፍ ንመሰሉ ክቓለስ ብቓልዕ ብምጉስጓስን ጥራይ ኢና ክንዕወተሎም ንኽእል።
    ኣብ ኩለን ከተማታት ኢሮፕ ምስ ትዕዘቡ፡ ህግደፍ ንብዙሓት ብምፍርራህ፡ መንእሰያት ብዛዕባ ሃገርን ሕግን ስነሰራዓትን ንኸይሓስቡ ይገብር ኣሎ። ስለዚ ደለይቲ ፍትሒ፡ ሓርነትና በተወፋይነትናን ሓድነትናን እምበር፡ ብቖንስላዊ ምስጉግ ወይ 2% ምትራፍ ፍጹም ኣይረጋገጽን ኢዩ። ስለዚ ፈኸራ ንግደፍ፡ ግብራዊ ስጉምቲ ንውሰድ፡ ኣሳፊሕካ ሞት ተኾርሚኻ ሞት ኢዩ`ሞ ንሞት ፈሪሕና ሃገርን ህዝብን ክብረትና እንዳበረሰ ግዜና ኣይንቕተል ነብስና`ውን ኣይነዕሹ።

  • Zekarias September 6, 2014

    It seems the one man regime in Asmara is stuck between a rock and a hard place. The regime is still standing in one leg. What is left now is for Ethiopian government and the Eritrean EDF to finish off the job that is for once and for all indeed. Please no more sentimental feelings on this crucial time and completion, in other word, what has to be done has to be done sooner than later with no more wasting times and people’s suffering.

  • Truly Truly i say to you September 6, 2014

    ኣርዓዶም, It makes sense your opinion. As soon as i read the massage i was intended to write same massage, but due to luck of time i was a little late. So allow me now a little to add and expand the point.
    Please you people be matured! Why for is all this jubilation? Let alone a single diplomat if all PFDJ diplomats be expelled would it change our nation current bad situation? if you mean, “Yes!” That means You wouldn´t very well know the behaviour of this jungle bandit groups. Have you forgot for instance DIA during interview with the Swedish journalist Donald Boström regarding Eri- Sweden diplomacy relation when asked him to what he respond? Isayas irresponsibly was described “Sweden as irrelevant nation it is to Eritrea” , despite many thousands of Eritreans, who are part of the nation economy backbone living there. But ameasingly you may heard when DIA gives more value to Eritrea- Pakistan,Mali or Mongolia, relation just a week ago also with Finland, despite a single citizen non living there, for instance in Mongolia, if not may the embassy office representative only lives there. Please do not misandestand me, i am not saying there is no a need to have diplomatic relation specially with Finland.
    But I tell you, for Isyas even all Westerns be closed their embassies ,he wouldn´t mind , he can have a new diplomatic relation with Papua New Guinea, or Haiti if you like. For him what counts is only the amount of increasing the embassies number, not the Geo- Politic or economical impact or relevance. Finally his motive is to Isolate the nation from relevant world communities, such as US EU; UN; AU; IGAD; IMF; WHO; WFP; He partly accomplished it already, without your rejoicing, applauding or supportance.

  • Truly Truly i say to you September 6, 2014

    So for me who ever diplomat be expelled, whatever sanction be exposed or in all over the world be forbiden 2% tax, i do not see it as success, as long as without accountability, transparency and with illegal Mafia regime by collaborating since other side continue the Western companies exploiting our mine resources. Because of that, i would like to know first the motive and its final goal of that imposed sanction, expelling the diplomats, before i rush rejoicing like you.
    Definitely, in one side to accuse PFDJ regime for collecting 2% tax but other side to exploit our mine resources by collaborating with by public non elect Mafia regime, by no means could be supportive for our struggle for freedom and justice in our country. If it really needed to harm the regime, to topple or execute it is like children game so easy for western nations, the main criminals like Isayas alike particularly to get. If their mission in deed to do that was, I will be the first rejoicing and applauding like most of you doing. But because i scared they may not fully support the Eritrean indipendence, without first know their final motive and destination, simply to applaud and rejoice it is not my thing to flow with masses. Sorry!
    The German poet and writer Christian Morgenstern said,
    “Who does not know the destination, the path can not have and is in the same circle trot all his life.”

    May this world order in highest level it has its destination that even most citzens in developed nation do not understand about, but i know Isyas the fool as President even doesn´t understand single about, because it is beyond his knowledge and capacity, because he think self wise and doesn´t accept anything advice even from spiritual leaders, but by making self allmighty god i know as have his own mission and destination, unfortunately our public domed to know about his secret agenda, but those knows God, they understand everything, because the holly spirit that comes from Lord Jesus supports them to know everything every secret and mission. (1st, Corinthians 1; 18-31)

  • NO NO 2% September 7, 2014

    Good News
    Thank you
    !!!!!!!

  • Ann September 8, 2014

    Well, let me put this question first. Who is the diplomat being expelled? Is that guy that much significant/important? …Are his co-workers allowed to resumes his duties and responsibilities? I don’t think this diplomat is expelled for personal wrong doings, for sure not.What so ever the reasons might be, Should we be celebrating incidents like this avoiding the massive division among “US”- who call ourselves pro Democracy or against PFDJ. Though I believe that such measures are helpful in pressuring and isolating the PFDJ efforts to mobilize people, but these negligent issues couldn’t counter balance the need for us to be united and come with a strong and unified approach to tackle and demolish the dictator. I also believe that it is not being premature if we could think of the political system to be put in place after the removal of the Junta. After all we are getting more divided and such division after the PFDJ’s demolition would result in a serious of conflicts among divided interests. Regional, religious and other divisive sentiments should not be entertained in any forums and discussions and I can’t emphasize enough that the websites like assenna and other should filter out comments with such content.

    We will get rid off this JUNTA , God willing!

  • selamawit2 September 8, 2014

    This is a very important first step.

    Please take further steps to help the innocent people of Eritrea, e.g.:

    – Avoid the ongoing business of some immoral swedish companies with the regime in Eritrea (mining of natural resources).
    – Close the Eritrean embassies.
    – Make the spys of the regime in Sweden criminally liable for their actions.

    Thank very much Kingdom of Sweden.

  • semhar September 10, 2014

    Thanks God Sweden has ordered a diplomat from Eritrea’s embassy to leave the country within the next 48 hours.

    His blind supporters the members of HIGDEF should be next!

  • kiros September 20, 2014

    all you agame please shut up, I,m very happy to pay 2%, 10%, 100%, to my country,,,,,,ok

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