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GOTHENBURG TERROR PLOT
Terror suspects involved in 'murder plot'

Terror suspects involved in 'murder plot'

Published: 13 Sep 2011 12:42 GMT+02:00
Updated: 13 Sep 2011 18:20 GMT+02:00

Deputy prosecutor Agnetha Hilding Qvarnström was short and to the point on Tuesday in writing the basis for her request for a remand hearing: “Planning to commit murder, September 2011 in Gothenburg.”

The four men, Mohamed Adel Kulan, 24, Abdi Aziz Mahamud, 26, Salar Sami Mahamood, 23, and Abdi Weli Mohamud, 25, have been held since Sunday after they were apprehended by an elite counter-terrorism unit and police.

Hundreds of people were also evacuated from the Röda Sten art exhibition hall after officials concluded that "there was a threat that could endanger lives or health or cause serious damage”.

Three of the suspects were born in Somalia and the fourth in Iraq and are residents of the Gothenburg area. The man born in the Iraq and two of Somali-born men are Swedish citizens while the fourth suspect holds a Swedish residency permit.

All have resided in Sweden since the 1990s.

Even though prosecutors no longer claim that the men were planning terror crimes, Swedish security service Säpo continues to investigate the matter, according to Säpo spokesperson Sara Kvarnström, although she refused to elaborate on why.

Karin Rosander, a spokesperson at the Swedish Prosecution Authority (Åklagarmyndigheten), explained that the lack of information being released to the public about the case is nothing unusual.

“In general, there is very little one can say at the start of an investigation. Often, it's possible to release more information the longer the investigation continues,” she told the TT news agency.

The 25-year-old Weli Mohamud, who holsd Swedish citizenship and immigrated to Sweden from Somalia in 19991, is set to be interrogated on Tuesday, according to his defence attorney Eva Henriksson.

“Today we need to find out what this is about. It's not acceptable that information comes out right before a remand hearing,” she told TT.

Björn Sjölander, a lawyer for another one of the suspects, is highly critical that no information has been given to his client.

“I'm critical of the fact that they didn't inform him of the suspicions like they are supposed to according to the law. I don't understand what he's suspected of,” said Sjölander.

“To reveal what he's suspected of, to him and his defence attorney, can't have any affect on the investigation.”

Sjölander's client denies committing any crimes

“He says that he's not involved in anything and that the police have made a huge mistake and that he's convinced that he's going to be released,” said Sjölander.

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

Your comments about this article

13:24 September 13, 2011 by Tysknaden
The "huge mistake" did happen. The defendant is right. The "huge mistake was letting him enter the country.
14:23 September 13, 2011 by Watchtower777
Forget the trial, deport them and be rid of them. They do not deserve the right to hold titles for Swedish Citzenship and residency.. send them back to their own country and let them realize what a wonder life they *could* of had in Sweden if they abided by the law
14:35 September 13, 2011 by truthgate777
What a shame to hear people comment on something that they do not understand grow up people and get a life.
15:00 September 13, 2011 by prince T
It is like the trumpet is making uncertain sound. The body language of the police is saying the arrest might not be in order.
15:56 September 13, 2011 by GLO
Send them home. Stop inviting people to dinner you dont know and let them stay on your dollar.
16:16 September 13, 2011 by burito
Why to import that garbage in a first place..
16:19 September 13, 2011 by truthgate777
GLO and Burito,

I have nothing to comment on your Nazi Comment.
22:48 September 13, 2011 by bramblebush
Why is a man born in Iraq and 3 from Somalia here? Do we really need the unwanted cultural baggage they bring with them? Turn them all away.....
00:41 September 14, 2011 by Tysknaden
It's just crazy! Coming from the other end of the world. Begging for shelter. A new life is offered.

Living here for years. Then trying to kill a person. Because of a drawing. What is wrong with those brains?
05:51 September 14, 2011 by Gamla Hälsingebock
This is the first time I have seen names published when suspects were arrested.

I thought it was policy not to name suspects.

Am I mistaken?
06:25 September 14, 2011 by prince T
This terrorists dont start their trouble until they get citizenship or settled. They ran away from their bad leader to sweden. Theyy should go back and kill them first b4 attackin us.
10:02 September 14, 2011 by wolverine2k
Well well.. Religion of Peace has its beginning in the profit. Read Tea with Terrorists or Robert Spencer. These guys are the real Nazis.
12:00 September 14, 2011 by securityguy
SHIP THEM BACK!!!!!!!!!! Trash isn't needed here!
15:28 September 14, 2011 by Scansson
Svenska-PC...

Swept Under-the-Rug Once again, at least the names of the perps are now known which makes it easier to come to our own conclusions of what the real deal is, Gesch.
05:49 October 29, 2011 by dunce
The koran demands that they kill Jews, Christians, and nonbelievers. Read the book and and learn the truth for yourself.
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