By Steve Dellar   |  02-13-2018   News
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In April 2017, an Uzbek man drove a truck at great speed through a pedestrian street in Sweden’s capital Stockholm, killing five people, in the country’s worst terrorist attack.

Mr Rakhmat Akilov, 39-years-old, had seen his asylum claim rejected in 2016 and was about to be put on a plane destined to fly him back to Uzbekistan. In the final days before the attack, he had sworn allegiance to the Islamic State (IS) group.

<blockquote class="twitter-video" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Failed Uzbek asylum seeker Rakhmat Akilov, accused of carrying out a deadly truck attack in Stockholm in April, had contact with high-ranking IS militants, according to an investigation by RFE/RL&#39;s Uzbek and Tajik services with Swedish news agency TT. <a href="https://t.co/AP8JZwj4FK">pic.twitter.com/AP8JZwj4FK</a></p>&mdash; RFE/RL (@RFERL) <a href="https://twitter.com/RFERL/status/963338871839821824?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">February 13, 2018</a></blockquote>

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After the attack, Mr Akilov immediately fled the scene and was arrested several hours later on the edge of Stockholm. Police interrogated him and he confessed that same evening.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Uzbek-born Rakhmat Akilov, who was on the run from Swedish authorities after his asylum application was turned down, said in online conversations cited by the prosecutor that he wanted to “run over unbelievers”. Stockholm Truck Attack Suspect Goes On Trial <a href="https://t.co/JAR9snCUKt">https://t.co/JAR9snCUKt</a></p>&mdash; Observatory (@OIDACEurope) <a href="https://twitter.com/OIDACEurope/status/963375226208874496?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">February 13, 2018</a></blockquote>

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Prosecution lawyer Mr Hans Ihrman told the court how Mr Akilov drove the stolen beer truck into shoppers in one of Stockholm's busiest retail hubs and added that the attack was nothing less than an "attack on our society."

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr"><a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Israel?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Israel</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Times?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Times</a> of Israel <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/TOF?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#TOF</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/NEWS?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#NEWS</a> broadast by <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/EMET_NEWS_PRESS?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#EMET_NEWS_PRESS</a>: Stockholm truck attacker pleads guilty as terrorism trial opens - Rakhmat Akilov mowed down pedestrians last April, killing 5 and injuring 10; prosecution has demanded a life sentence <a href="https://t.co/pRrW1RZy4t">https://t.co/pRrW1RZy4t</a></p>&mdash; Richard Krauss (@emet_news_press) <a href="https://twitter.com/emet_news_press/status/963374811669032966?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">February 13, 2018</a></blockquote>

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Defence lawyer Mr Johan Eriksson claims that Mr Akilov had indeed been driving the truck and admitted that he had sworn allegiance to IS, but also told the court that the accused had been co-operative since his arrest.

The prosecution is looking for a life sentence for Mr Akilov.

Source:

https://www.thelocal.se/20180213/trial-begins-against-stockholm-terror-suspect-rakhmat-akilov

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Anonymous No. 18334 1518532472

Knowing Sweden, the guy will be out in ten years or so.

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