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Court finds man guilty of planning terror bombing

Published torsdag 2 juni 2016 kl 11.05
The suspect, with his face obscured, seated next to his lawyer. Photo: Janerik Henriksson / TT.
The suspect, with his face obscured, seated next to his lawyer. Photo: Janerik Henriksson / TT.

A Swedish court on Thursday sentenced a 20-year-old man to 5 years in prison for plotting a terror attack on Swedish soil.

The Attunda District Court in northern Stockholm found the 20-year-old man guilty of preparing to commit a terrorist offence after he allegedly tried to build a bomb. He was given a 5-year sentence since he was under the age of 21, the court wrote in a press release.

Before handing down the judgment, the court ordered a psychiatric evaluation of the defendant which found that he was not in need of any mental health care.

Prosecutors argued in court that the man bought six bottles of acetone, a pressure cooker, steel balls, electric wire and batteries to build a bomb. 

The man does not deny buying the supplies but said he had no intention of making a bomb or hurting people. 

When asked during the trial if he wanted to become a martyr for Islam, the man told prosecutors, "Yes, that is the best thing you can achieve in Islam."

The man was arrested in February after his mother discovered the suspected bomb ingredients and alerted Säpo, the Swedish intelligence service. The man's father told police that the suspect told him "I do not want to live. I have bought this stuff and am going to kill myself."

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