Terror suspect trial underway
The trial against the suspected accomplice to Stockholm suicide bomber Taimour Abdulwahab started today in a court in Glasgow, after a one-day delay. The trial was supposed to start Monday, April 30, but a document that had not arrived from Sweden caused the trial to be delayed, TT News Agency reports.
On Wednesday 15 people who will comprise the jury hearing the case will be selected through a lottery system. As early as Wednesday afternoon the prosecutor will call the first of some 250 witnesses. The court will also learn about the technical evidence Wednesday.
One of the first witnesses is a Swede, possibly an employee of the Swedish Intelligence Service, Säpo, who is expected to talk about the crime scenes in Sweden.
Evidence will also be provided from other countries including the United States and France.
The suspect has been in remand since March 2011 and faces a lifetime sentence. He has pleaded not-guilt.
This is the only court case with ties to Taimour Abdulwahab, who blew himself up on a busy shopping street in downtown Stockholm on December 11, 2010. The suspect is the only individual who has been charged, but prosecutors suspect there are several other accomplices.
Scottish prosecutors say the suspect made several phone calls to Taimour Abdulwahab on the day of the attack. When the police arrested the man, he tried to hide evidence, including Abdulwahab's contact information on his mobile phone. Prosecutors also say that the man on trial transferred nearly US$9,000 to Abdulwahab's bank account.
In Sweden, the investigation into the events of December 11, 2010 is still underway.