Stockholm terror suspect admits truck attack in court

Stockholm terror suspect admits truck attack in court

A truck was crashed into pedestrians and a shopping centre last week

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

The lawyer for the man accused of perpetrating the Stockholm terror attack has told a court his client has admitted to committing a terrorist crime.

On Friday, a truck was driven into pedestrians in the central shopping district of the Swedish capital, killing four - including a British citizen - and injuring up to 15 before it was crashed into a shopping centre.

Hours after the incident, 39-year-old Rakhmat Akilov - an Uzbek national with believed sympathies for jihadist groups - was arrested in a suburb north of central Stockholm, called Marsta.

As Akilov appeared in Stockhom District Court on Tuesday morning, a heavy police presence was in effect.

His lawyer, Johan Eriksson, told the court he "confesses to a terror crime" and he would accept a custodial sentence.

The rest of the hearing was then ruled to be closed to the media and the public.