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Expert: Terror admission will cut investigation time 'by months'

Published tisdag 11 april 2017 kl 15.01
Legal expert: investigation will be 'a little bit easier'
(3:59 min)
Sven-Erik Alhem is a frequent commentator on court cases in the Swedish media.
Sven-Erik Alhem is a frequent commentator on court cases in the Swedish media. Credit: Mats Andersson / TT

The admission by the main suspect for Friday's Stockholm attacks that he had intended to terrorise the population could shorten the police's investigation by months, according to Swedish court expert, Sven-Erik Alhem.

In his court appearance on Tuesday, Uzbek national Rakhmat Akilov admitted to carrying out a terror crime. He confessed to driving the bus which mowed down pedestrians on Stockholm's busiest shopping street on Friday.

Sven-Erik Alhem, a former prosecutor and President of Victim Support Sweden, said that the admission saved the prosecutor from having to prove that Akilov intended to terrorise people living in Sweden.

"It is important to know that by doing this terrible thing, to kill people intentionally, that he also wanted to frighten people in Sweden and that is what he has done," he told Radio Sweden. 

Stockholm District Court placed Akilov in pre-trial detention at the end of the hearing, and announced that he would be formally prosecuted on May 11.

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