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Lawyer of 39-year-old suspect: "Will treat this as any other case"

Published lördag 8 april kl 20.52
Lawyer Johan Eriksson: It is not about defending the crime
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Lawyer Johan Eriksson.
Lawyer Johan Eriksson. Credit: Fredrik Sandberg/TT

The man suspected of driving the truck into a crowd on Friday has been assigned a lawyer who says he will do his utmost to treat this as a case as any other.

One of Sweden's most high-profile lawyers, Johan Eriksson, was assigned the case on Saturday when he also met with his client for the first time. He told the tabloid Aftonbladet that he did not hesitate to take on that case, but emphasised that he does not defend the crime in itself.

"I defend the person who right now is suspected of the crime. That is part of my job as defence lawyer. I have defended many people who have committed very serious crimes, so it is not about defending the deed itself. It is about defending the person suspected of the deed," he said.

The 39 year-old man is of Uzbekh origin. According to Swedish Radio, he registered at an address in northern Stockholm in 2015.

At the same address, a man convicted of economic crimes is registered. The crimes involve fake invoices, but at one point in the investigation he was also suspected of financing the IS in Syria. These charges were however dropped, as they could not be substantiated, according to Swedish Radio News.

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