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Terrorist trial opens

Published torsdag 28 oktober 2010 kl 17.00

The trial of two men accused of planning to commit terrorist attacks in Somalia opened in Gothenburg Thursday.

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.

The trial, which will last two weeks, is based on a surveillance operation by the Swedish security service, including telephone taps and bugs. The evidence presented Thursday included the contents of two computers confiscated from one of the defendants. Films on the computers apparently encouraged car bombings and other violent acts, and according to the prosecutor some were marked with al-Shabab emblems.

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 anti-terrorism law cannot be applied to this case.

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