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terrorism

African war causes Swedish trial

Published torsdag 28 oktober 2010 kl 10.53

Two men accused of planning to commit terrorist attacks in Somalia are in court today.

The trial, which will last two weeks, is based on a surveillance operation by the Swedish security service, including telephone taps and bugs.

The prosecution says that the two men, aged 22 and 26, based in Gothenburg and in a Stockholm suburb, travelled to Somalia and were trained to be suicide bombers by the Islamic armed group al-Shabab.

Their defence lawyer, Tomas Olsson, says that that taking sides in a civil war in another part of the world is not a crime and that Swedish ant-terrorism law cannot be applied to this case.

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