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CHINESE PRISONER ASSAILS SWEDISH GUARD TRAINING

An unexpected political firestorm broke out in Sweden when one of the world's most famous political prisoners accused one of the world's most prominent human rights-supporting countries of making his imprisonment more severe.

Wei Jingsheng, released from a Chinese prison in November after 17 years' incarceration, said during a visit that Swedish training for Chinese prison guards had resulted in his being watched much more closely by his jailers -- with four TV cameras monitoring his cell.

The training -- actually of high prison officials rather than of guards, as Wei said -- took place under an agreement that Sweden signed with China in 1996 to provide education on human rights for Chinese police and judicial officials.

The training was conducted by the Lund-based Raoul Wallenberg Institute -- named for the Swedish diplomat who saved thousands of Hungarian Jews from the Nazis.

"I hope the program will be suspended," Wei said Friday on private station TV4. "It's nothing of benefit to the Chinese people, but only to the Communist regime."

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