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Sketch from a trial, defendant seen from the back.
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Sketch of terrorism suspect Rahkmat Akilov on the first day of trial. Credit: Johan Hallnäs / TT
Media waiting for the trial to start.
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Media waiting for the trial to start. Credit: Janerik Henriksson/TT
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The trial is taking place under conditions of great security. Credit: Janerik Henriksson/TT
Media waiting for the trial to start.
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Media waiting for the trial to start. Credit: Janerik Henriksson/TT
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Shocking footage played at terrorism trial

Updated tisdag 13 februari kl 15.08
Published tisdag 13 februari kl 08.54

As the Drottninggatan terrorism trial starts our reporter Frank Radosevich was there and told us what happened during the very first hours, including how the suspect reacted to footage and emergency calls by victims.

The man who killed 5 and injured 15 has already confessed, but in the case that starts today prosecutors will try to prove that what he did in April 2017 should be seen as terrorism.

In Stockholm's District Court media assembled to report on Sweden's biggest terrorism trial, as a 39-year-old from Uzbekistan is charged with terrorism.

The Drottninggatan terrorism suspect has arrived in the courtroom, wearing a green jumpsuit, green sweater, closely cropped hair and longish beard with no mustache. He was flanked by his defense attorney and interpreter.

For the court to find him guilty of terrorism rather than murder the prosecution must show the attack on Stockholm's Drottninggatan was about causing major damage to Sweden as a state. The suspect has claimed that he wanted to stop Sweden taking part in the training mission to support anti-IS fighters in Iraq.

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