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Sweden terror suspect denies crimes

Sweden terror suspect denies crimes

Published: 12 Sep 2011 06:49 GMT+02:00
Updated: 12 Sep 2011 06:49 GMT+02:00

One of the four people held in Gothenburg on Sunday on suspicion of preparing terrorism offences has denied the accusations through his lawyer.

"My client denies all suspicions," said lawyer Ulf Ahlstrand to the Expressen daily.

He told the newspaper that the Security Service (Säpo) has not presented any concrete evidence which incriminates his client.

"We have to presume that the police know something, which they to date have not said very much about," Ahlstrand said.

Swedish police on Sunday arrested four people suspected of planning a terror attack in the city of Gothenburg and evacuated hundreds of people from a building hosting an art fair.

The arrests were carried out by regional police assisted by an elite counter-terrorism unit, she said, declining to provide any further details pending the investigation.

Police, meanwhile, confirmed that hundreds of people were evacuated Saturday night from Gothenburg's Röda Sten building, venue of the city's art biennale, "after concluding that there was a threat that could endanger lives or health or cause serious damage".

Organisers said about 300 to 400 people were evacuated around midnight.

"We were warned of a possible threat," biennale official Ulrika Sten told journalists.

"Police helped us evacuate the building," before searching people and cordoning off the area.

Police would also not give the identities or details of the four suspects, nor the circumstances of their arrest, but the TT news agency reported they were nabbed near the biennale building.

Two Stockholm newspapers noted the coincidence of the suspected terror arrests and the 10th anniversary of the September 11 attacks on the United States, but nothing so far indicated any link.

The port of Gothenburg is Sweden's second biggest city after the capital Stockholm with nearly 600,000 residents.

Säpo said Sunday there was no reason to raise the terror alert for Sweden.

"The threat level to Sweden has remained unchanged since October 1st 2010,

when it was raised by one step, from low to elevated," Saepo said in a statement.

Henrik Wallgren, who was one of those evacuated from the art centre Saturday night, said police had cleared an area up to 600 metres around the building.

"It was disturbing... the police wanted us to leave quickly ... saying that there was a threat against Roeda Sten," said Wallgren.

"No one wanted any more to be near the building but there wasn't any panic... everyone remained calm," said the witness, adding that he was awake all night to waiting to hear an explosion, which never happened.

Another guest at the art centre said her initial reaction was that police interruption of the event was an artistic demonstration, a sort of happening to launch the biennale of contemporary art.

"What is even crazier is that we thought it was an artistic event and we did not take it seriously," said Katarina Nitsche.

TT/AFP/The Local (news@thelocal.se)

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Your comments about this article

09:09 September 12, 2011 by lovedealer76
Sapo better have some concrate evidence or they should be taken to court also for charater deformation
09:41 September 12, 2011 by gorgepir
Better safe than sorry.
10:13 September 12, 2011 by rafa1981
When they will be declared innocent the media will not say anything, it is because the reason of this new is to win people's support for wars outside our borders reviving the fear (for pussies) that the 911 cause in some people. Any bets?
10:40 September 12, 2011 by jacquelinee
@ lovedealer76 @ rafa1981

You have to admit, with the exception of some totally deranged murderer who commits murder for some warped sense of fame, there are not too many criminals, and especially terrorists (who usually are working for some form of a terrorist sect or organisation) when questioned as to there participation will say " Yes I am guilty, yes you are right. I am a terrorist!" We need to use a little common sense here do we not?

There must be a reason these people were taken into custody. Of course, if there is some kind of covert operation, the police have to be cautious what information is given, or it could jeopardize something perhaps even bigger. But use your brain....no one is going to say " Yes I am a terrorist and I work for blah blah blah and the terrorists agents are blah blah blah. Not unless they have a pretty big death wish. Criminality and government have one thing in common on this level.....if you get caught, deny, deny, deny.
11:34 September 12, 2011 by Tysknaden
One of four denies :-)
11:40 September 12, 2011 by RobinHood
@rafa1981

"Any bets" Yes! I accept your bet. The Swedïsh media always reports in detail, all terrorist arrests within Sweden. Those who are released after investigation, or acquited at trial can usually be seen on the front pages, telling us how badly they have been treated. Those who are found guilty, do disappear, but imprisonment for terrorism does tend to have that effect on your social life.

Your post assumes these four will be released or acquited. That, remains to be seen.

Please be better informed before you post here again.
11:59 September 12, 2011 by securityguy
@rafa1981

Are you crazy???? If these animals are even thinking about planning a terrorist act, they should be disposed of!!!! No sympathy here.
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