First witnesses heard in Stockholm terror trial

Swedish police officers were the first witnesses to take the stand in the trial against the man suspected of assisting the Stockholm suicide bomber in 2010. The trial in Glasgow is the first and perhaps only trial related to the attack, which killed only the suicide bomber himself, Taimour Abdelwahab.

The two police officers, of which one was a forensic specialist, were among the first to reach the scene of the attack. In their witness statements, they described the scene. Officer Karl Viktor Andersson described seeing a body lying on its back, with the guts spilling out. "Our first thought was that it could have been someone clearing the roof from snow that had fallen to the ground," Andersson told the court.

The news agency TT's reporter, who was present in the courtroom noted that "if it was not for the English language and the court officials' clothing and wigs, it felt like a trial that ought to have been held in Stockholm. But of course there is no suspect there."

The events in Sweden will dominate the first part of the trial, but after that the focus will shift to international developments. According to the prosecution, several people have been involved in preparing the attack. The suspect, who according to his lawyer is of Algerian origin, denies any wrongdoing.

The trial is expected to go on for several months, and over 200 witnesses are on the list to be heard.


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