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Financier of Stockholm suicide bomber sentenced

Scottish court gives terror financier 7 years

Published måndag 27 augusti 2012 kl 16.40
Glasgow High Court where Nasserdine Menni was sentenced Monday. Photo: Ola Westerberg/Scanpix

A court in Glasgow sentenced the man convicted of terror crimes in connection with a suicide bombing in Stockholm two years ago to seven years in prison.

Last month the Scottish jury convicted Nasserdine Menni of financing suicide bomber Taimour Abdulwahab. Menni gave US$ 9,000 to Abdulwahab, 28, who blew himself up on a busy Stockholm street in the middle of Christmas shopping on December 11, 2010. 

While a number of shops were damaged, no one besides the bomber was injured.

Menni was found guilty of financing the bombing, but the jury found him innocent of planning the attack.

Evidence against menni consisted of witness testimony and bank statements, which show that he transferred about US$ 9,000 to Abdulwahab. Menni also had several different identities, Swedish Radio reports.

According to the defense, the money was intended for Menni's family in Algeria and he had several identities because he was trying to get a job and was residing in Scotland illegally.

The judge said the punishment landed in the middle of the sentencing scale as Menni was not found guilty of participating in the terrorist act.

The defense has two weeks to appeal the conviction to a higher court.

Otherwise, Menni could be out in three years, as he has already spent 18 months in remand and prisoners generally serve two-thirds of their sentences in Scotland, TT news agency writes.

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