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?Nazi? terror suspects deny plot

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20:23 CET+01:00
Three men and a woman accused of planning a terror campaign to ‘destroy Swedish society' have gone on trial in Västerås.

The four were arrested after being found with what police say is a plan to destroy roads, railways and public buildings. Among the targets were Sweden's parliament, the prime minister's official residence and the Rosenbad government offices.

One of the accused admitted to the court on Tuesday that he is a former chairman of the Västerås branch of the far-right National Socialist Front (NSF). The 23-year old said that he wanted a “society free from crime and corruption,” and claimed that he had now left the NSF because the party had become “too passive”.

The defendants, who are charged with 22 counts of causing damage to property and conspiracy to commit acts of terrorism. They all deny the terrorism charges, but the former NSF leader has pleaded guilty to three counts of causing damage to property.

Another defendant, also 23, withdrew a confession that he had made under police questioning. He told the court that he had made the admission in order to get out of prison.

Vestmanlands Läns Tidning reported that the man, whose twenty-year old girlfriend is also on trial, was taciturn in the witness box, and that prosecutor Thomas Häggström had to “drag the answers out of him”. The man refused to talk about his political views, saying that they were a private matter. All he would say is that he wanted “order in society”.

Questioned about a photo that he had taken of a power station in Västerås, the 23-year old said that he was “interested in electricity”. He said that he had taken a picture of the Sagerska Palats, the official residence of the prime minister, Göran Persson, without knowing what the building was.

During the first two days of testimony, the men's accounts often appeared to be inconsistent, reported Göteborgs Posten. The former NSF leader was said by his alleged co-conspirators to be the leader of the terror plan. He denied this, saying that they were simply trying to use him as a scapegoat in order to avoid prison.

There was also confusion over who had written the group's action plan. The former NSF leader told the court that it was his 31-year old co-defendant. The 31-year old claims that it was written by another friend of his, but refused to give a name.

The trial continues.

Sources: Göteborgs Posten, Vestmanlands Läns Tidning, Aftonbladet, Dagens Nyheter

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