Terrorist Convictions Upheld with Shorter Sentences
A Swedish appeals court has upheld the convictions of two Iraqi Kurds for financing terrorist networks, but reduced their sentences.
The two have been found guilty of collecting and transferring more than 148,000 US dollars to Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, who leads al-Qaida’s operations in Iraq, the Ansar al-Islam group, and other suspected terrorists in Iraq. They were linked to the December 2003 suicide bombing in Arbil, which took 4 lives.
They were sentenced by a lower court to 6 and 7 years imprisonment respectively, but the Stockholm Appeals Court changed the sentences to 4 and a half and 5 years, with permanent bans from entering Sweden after they are released.
These were the first cases to be tried under the new anti-terrorism law adopted here in 2003.
Meanwhile, according to a newspaper in Italy, the Italian military intelligence agency SISMI believes a Moroccan terrorist group has members in Sweden and Norway. According to the daily “Corriere della Sera”, the group is believed to have been involved in terrorist attacks in Casablanca in 2003 and in Madrid the following year.