He attracted people on his private Facebook page with jobs, which he claimed were tailored to Muslims' "values and characteristics", as he put it.
The Västerås imam, who has been in intelligence service custody for two months, has, since 2008, been featured in several newspaper articles for his radical interpretation of Islam. He is mentioned in the Swedish Defence University's research report about salafism in Sweden, where he was described as being "one of the most hardline salafists in the country."
Jan Larsson, Yrkeakademin's director and former top Social Democrat official, says there are lessons to be learnt after the recruitment. He says:
We must be clearer in our investigations, must be more questioning and maybe suspicious even in the way we review and do background checks on people."
Swedish Radio have contacted the man's lawyer for a comment, but without success.