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Swede Accused of Terrorist Links

Published fredag 8 december 2006 kl 11.23
Abu Musab al-Zarqawi

The United States Treasury Department on Thursday designated five individuals, including one Swede, as providing financial support to al-Qaeda and other terror groups and for facilitating ”terrorist” activity.

The Swede, who is of Moroccan origin, is said to have belonged to the inner circle around the former al-Qaeda leader in Iraq, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, who was killed in June.

The designation means their assets will be frozen in American jurisdictions and ”any U.S. person” is not allowed to conduct financial or commercial transactions with those individuals.

According to the list released by the U.S. Treasury Department, the Swede resides in various cities here as well as in London. The Treasury Department also says the 41 year old ”was the uncontested leader of an extremist group centered around” a mosque in Stockholm.

Three Swedes of Somali origin were previously on the Treasury Department list. Two were removed after one year, the third after five years on the list. No evidence was ever produced against them, and there were protests in Sweden against their inclusion.

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