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Malmö terror suspect cleared by court

Published fredag 21 april kl 11.13
Senior judge: There is just no technical evidence nor any witness
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The attack caused only slight damage to the centre.
The attack caused only slight damage to the centre. Credit: Martina Greiffe/Sveriges Radio

The 30-year-old man accused of carrying out an arson attack on a Shia Muslim community centre in Malmö in October was acquitted today after a court ruled him innocent of the charges.

The court also ruled that he should not be deported, as had been requested by the Swedish security service Säpo.

According to the court the suspect had shared information on the fire on social media, was counted as a sympathiser of so-called Islamic State, and his telephone was used near the scene of the crime. But the court found that this did not amount to enough evidence. Neither was there  witness testimony sufficient to link him to the crime.

After the man's trial ended two weeks ago, the court then ruled that he should be immediately released.

Minutes later, however, Säpo ordered him to be returned to custody under a special law on foreigners in Sweden, which allows people to be deported if they are deemed to represent a security risk.

P4 Malmöhus earlier reported that Säpo had threatened the man's wife tha if she didn't give evidence against her husband, she risked being deported.

Right now he is being held in custody, as the prosecutor for security cases, Agnetha Hilding Qvarnström, is looking into whether they can mount an appeal.

According to Swedish law it is also possible to deport people considered a security threat to the country.

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