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Man charged with new law against terror trips

Published onsdag 25 maj 2016 kl 16.36

A new law against traveling for the purpose of joining terror groups will be used for the first time as a man from Södertälje who was arrested at an airport in April was officially charged Wednesday.

The 25-year-old was arrested at Arlanda airport after returning from Turkey. He had traveled there April 12 and returned the day after. The prosecutor said that the man was trying to join Al-Nusra Front in Syria.

"I issued an indictment on suspicion that the man traveled with the intention of continuing to Syria to join Al-Nusra in order to commit serious crimes," said Agnetha Hilding Qvarnström, a prosecutor who specializes with security cases at the Swedish Prosecution Authority, speaking with news agency TT.

Because of the new law, the man may be charged even though he did not reach his destination.

"It's not a crime to travel, but if you travel with a particular intention then it might be criminal. Intent needs to be proved," said Hilding Qvarnström.

The man denies any wrongdoing.

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