Scottish jury finds man guilty of helping Swedish suicide bomber
The jury at the High Court in Glasgow has found Nasserdine Menni guilty of terror crimes in connection with the Stockholm suicide bombing that took place on 11 December 2010. The jury made its decision Friday afternoon after two days of deliberations.
According to news agency TT, Menni handed over money to Abdulwahab, and the prosecutor maintained that it was Menni who financed the bombing, which killed only Abdulwahab. Menni, however, was not found guilty of the charge for conspiring to murder.
One piece of evidence used in the trial was a voice message Menni left on Abdulwahab's phone a few days after the explosion. Menni asked in an emotional voice, "Why did you kill yourself?"
The prosecutor, Andrew Miller, said during the trial that at the heart of the prosecution's case were payments totalling some US $8,700 that Menni made to Abdulwahab in 2009 and 2010. Another key part of the evidence, according to TT, was that Abdulwahab placed a call to Menni less than two hours before he blew himself up.
One notable detail that came out during the trial concerned an e-mail address that Menni - who also went by the name of Emmanuel Bernard - and Abdulwahab are said to have shared. According to Miller, the password was "0911bernarde0911", perhaps a reference to the World Trade Center attack of September 11.
"I don't think it's a coincidence," Miller told the court.
Menni denies the accusations. His brother testified that the money Menni placed in Abdulwahab's account was instead meant for him (Menni's brother) to send on to his parents in Algeria. However, Menni's brother maintained he did not want the money to go directly into his account, because it would mean that he would stop getting welfare. As opposed to Menni, Abdulwahab lived in the same district as Menni's brother, who said Abdulwahab was supposed to give him the money in cash.
The jury's decision on Friday concerned only whether Menni should be regarded as guilty or not. Local media reports that after the decision, Menni turned to the trial judge and said, "My Lord, I thank you very much for the justice in Scotland."
The trial began on April 30, and the sentence is expected to be handed down on August 27. News agency TT reports that it will very likely be appealed.