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Sweden urges due process for Iraq detainee

STOCKHOLM, Sweden (AP) -- Sweden says it has urged the U.S. to prosecute or release a Swedish citizen held by American forces in Iraq.

Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Amelie Heinsjo says the man has been held as a security detainee since May.

She says Sweden has presented "a demand for a legal process and that he is given a public defense counsel, or that he is released."

Heinsjo gave no other details about the case Monday.

Newspaper Norrkopings Tidning reports the man became a Swedish citizen after moving from Iraq in 2000. It says he returned to Iraq in May to start a construction business.

The U.S. interprets the U.N. Security Council resolution that authorizes the Iraq mission as giving the coalition broad powers to detain anyone believed to pose a security threat.

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