Sweden truck attack: Isis supporter Rakhmat Akilov faces terror charges

Five people died in the Sweden terror attack in April

Rakhmat Akilov has already admitted supporting Isis

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

The man who drove a truck into a crowd of people in central Stockholm last April has gone on trial today, accused of terror offences.

Rakhmat Akilov had already admitted stealing a truck and crashing it into pedestrians, in an attack which left five people dead and injured several others.

Now a court in the Swedish capital will decide whether Akilov is guilty of terror-related murder and attempted murder. Last year Akilov told police he supported Isis and confessed to a terrorist crime at a court custody hearing.

Akilov, an Uzbek asylum seeker, arrived at Stockholm District Court this morning, just before 9am. The Local reports that he will be kept in an underground security room, behind reinforced glass, and the case is set to run until mid-May.

Prosecution lawyer Hans Ihrman began by telling the court how Akilov drove a stolen beer truck into shoppers in one of Stockholm's busiest retail hubs, adding that the atrocity was an "attack on our society".

Defence lawyer Johan Eriksson admitted Akilov had driven the truck, but both defence and prosecution said he had been co-operative since his arrest.

While presenting the charges last month, Ihrman said he would be pushing for a life sentence for Akilov, although the defence is seeking a time-limited sentence. 

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