COPENHAGEN, Denmark — An Uzbek man whoin Stockholm, and wounding 14 others, was convicted Thursday of terror-related homicide and given a life sentence. Rakmat Akilov had stated he needed to punish Sweden for becoming a member of a coalition towards the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS).
In January, he was charged with terror-related homicide and tried homicide for the assault with a beer truck on April 7, 2017.
These killed had been a British man, a Belgian lady and three Swedes, together with an 11-year-old woman.
Decide Ragnar Palmkvist stated Akilov, 40, was the one suspect within the assault. Prosecutor Hans Ihrman referred to as him a “safety threat to society” throughout his trial on the Stockholm District Courtroom.
The prosecution had demanded a life sentence whereas protection lawyer Johan Eriksson stated his shopper had been cooperative all through the investigation and needs to be given a lesser sentence.
Palmkvist stated the truth that Akilov had been cooperative and had confessed did not have any affect on the lifetime sentence, which is the heaviest penalty in Sweden and is generally about 18 years. The court docket sentenced Akilov to be expelled from Sweden after he serves his sentence and banned him from returning.
After ploughing the truck right into a crowd on a busy buying avenue and crashing into the upscale Ahlens division retailer in central Stockholm, Akilov additionally deliberate to blow himself up. He failed, and induced a smaller explosion contained in the truck. He then fled by way of the subway however was arrested hours later.
He was discovered responsible of 5 counts of terror-related homicide, 119 counts of tried homicide and 24 circumstances of endangering the lifetime of others.
Akilov was born in Uzbekistan and labored there as a building employee. He got here to Sweden in 2014 and utilized for asylum, claiming he had been persecuted. His software was rejected and he was ordered to depart Sweden in December 2016.
As an alternative, he went underground, eluding authorities’ makes an attempt to trace him down. Sweden’s home intelligence company has stated it had nothing indicating that he was planning an assault.
On April 6 — the eve of the assault — Akilov swore allegiance to ISIS. Throughout the trial, proof confirmed how Akilov used 53 SIM playing cards and social media — together with WhatsApp, Telegram, Viber, Fb and Zello — to speak with others about his actions.
Akilov has stated he proposed finishing up an assault in Stockholm to ISIS on their behalf. It was not clear whether or not the group had accepted his supply.
Investigators have discovered web chat logs with unknown individuals wherein Akilov mentioned changing into a martyr. They’ve additionally discovered a reminiscence card with execution movies and 1000’s of pictures, together with one in every of ISIS chief Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.
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