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Judge refuses terror suspect's request for Muslim lawyer

Published tisdag 11 april kl 09.08
The suspect was caught on CCTV cameras.
The suspect was caught on CCTV cameras.

A Swedish judge has refused to appoint a Sunni Muslim lawyer to represent the main suspect in Friday's truck attack in central Stockholm, telling Swedish Radio that there was "insufficient reason" to do so.

Court documents show that Uzbek national Rakhmat Akilov asked his state-appointed lawyer, Johan Eriksson, to "relieve himself of his mission".

The 39-year-old said that he "expressly wanted to be represented by a Sunni Muslim" and that "only a lawyer of this faith could assert his interests in the best way".

But the judge dismissed the request "for lack of sufficient reasoning", according to the documents.

Akilov admits to carrying out a terror offence, Eriksson told Stockholm District Court on Tuesday. 

The court then ruled that Akilov should be placed in pre-trial custody.

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