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Arson suspect admits burning down mosque

Published fredag 29 september 2017 kl 11.39
Branden i moskén i Vivalla
The mosque in Vivalla. Credit: Samar Hadrous

A 20-year-old man appeared before a custody hearing, Friday, and admitted setting fire to a mosque in central Sweden earlier this week.

The mosque in the city of Örebro was largely destroyed by the arson attack in the early hours of Tuesday. The mosque in the Vivalla area is a gathering place for thousands, and is aligned with the Sunni branch of Islam.

At the custody hearing on Friday, the suspect, who is not a Swedish citizen but lives in Örebro, admitted his guilt, which according to Swedish Radio, came as a surprise to both his defence lawyer and the prosecutor.

Swedish Television reported that he shouted he didn't want a lawyer and spat in the courtroom. When he was told a public defender would be appointed in his case, the suspected yelled, "I am the one who has committed the crime - I get to decide."

He then tried to stand up from his chair but was held down by several police officers and escorted out of the courtroom.

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