Swedish authorities say truck attack trial to help grasp radicalisation

Swedish authorities say truck attack trial to help grasp radicalisation

At the hearing on February 13, Rakhmat Akilov's lawyer said the Uzbekistan native was bent on causing "fear" and driving Sweden out of the USA -led coalition against the extremist group Islamic State (IS).

AN Uzbek asylum seeker who confessed to wanting to mow down "infidels" in an April 2017 Stockholm truck attack that killed five people pleaded guilty to terrorism charges today as his trial opened.

After being arrested, hours after perpetrating the attack, he acknowledged his guilt and his links with the terrorist group Islamic State (IS).

Eriksson said his client "stole the truck and drove it" for almost 500 metres at an average speed of 60 km per hour (37 mph) with the intention "to get Sweden to end its participation in the coalition against the Islamic State".

Rakhmat "Akilov took the truck. and drove it the way the prosecutor described".

Rakhmat Akilov had already admitted stealing a truck and crashing it into pedestrians, in an attack which left five people dead and injured several others. "I think it's a big interest for everybody who is punished by attacks like this throughout Europe", he told reporters.

In a room adjacent to the 90-seat court room, relatives listened quietly, some in each other's arms.

Inside the courtroom, Akilov stared at a screen where footage from the attack - including those he made while driving the truck - were shown.


Akilov, who turns 40 on Wednesday, was born in Uzbekistan and worked there as a construction worker.

What is known is that Akilov has triggered a discussion as to whether unregistered SIM cards should be allowed in Sweden. Investigators found videos linked to Isis on a memory card dating to 2014 when he first came to Sweden claiming he was persecuted at...

Instead, he went underground, eluding authorities' attempts to track him down.

The prosecution also played a video where Akilov swore allegiance to IS.

Sweden's domestic intelligence agency has said there was nothing to indicate he was planning an attack.

Because of the growing number of such truck attacks, Ihrman said Akilov's trial has drawn an worldwide audience.

Investigators have found internet chat logs with unknown people in which Akilov discussed becoming a martyr and swore allegiance to IS between January 12, 2017, and the attack.

In 2015, a record 163,000 asylum-seekers arrived in the country - the highest per capita rate in Europe.

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