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The trial is taking place in a high security courtroom in the Stockholm district court. Credit: Nils Petter Nilsson/TT

Online chats constitute "most damaging evidence" in terrorism trial: expert

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On the second day of a two-part terrorism trial in Stockholm, Radio Sweden speaks to counter-terrorism expert Magnus Ranstorp from the Swedish Defense University for analysis of the case.

Six men are charged with financing terrorism, and three of them are also charged with preparing terrorist crimes in Sweden.

Ranstorp, who has read the preliminary investigation, explains why he believes that the prosecutor has a solid case when it comes to the terror finance charge, but proving that the men were intending to carry out or commission a terrorist act could be more challenging.

"(Police) have seized a large number of chemicals, 600 kilograms and 100 liters of chemicals, which can be used to perpetrate a terrorist act, but (the prosecution) has to prove that they were in preparation to launch something . . . it's a much more difficult case to make,"

However, Ranstorp believes that the prosecutor's strongest evidence, in terms of trying to prove this intent, could come down to the social media chat records on their phones. Among other things, he says, "They speak about what will they do, what will they say, how will they behave, if they get caught."

All six men deny wrongdoing.

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