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Swedish terror suspect "visited al-Zarqawi"

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19:29 CET+01:00
The Swedish teenager being held in Sarajevo on suspicion of terrorist offences visited the leader of al-Qaeda in Iraq, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, according to the British newspaper The Times.

In an investigation into al-Zarqawi, one of the world's most wanted terrorists, the paper stated that "there are signs that al-Zarqawi wants to mobilise cells in Europe".

An example given by the paper is the arrest of the 18 year old Bosnian-born Swede with a Turkish man in the Bosnian capital of Sarajevo on October 19th. Police found 30 kilos of explosive materials, weapons and a so-called "suicide vest" in the man's apartment.

On a video the men are seen "praying to Allah for forgiveness", according to a local journalist, and stored on their computer were pictures of the White House.

The Swedish man, reported The Times, is alleged to have spent time in Iraq with al-Zarqawi and run one of his web sites.

The Times cited police and intelligence sources, and said that British detectives are also investigating the Swede.

"His defence lawyer has told us that British, American and Danish police have interrogated him," said a journalist on the weekly paper Slobodna Bosna to TT.

According to earlier Bosnian reports, the Swede was identified as an Islamist who, under the codename Maximus and from a computer in Sweden, is said to have recruited fighters to Iraq.

Sweden has also begun an investigation into the man.

Representatives of the Swedish embassy in Sarajevo have visited the man in prison on two occasions, most recently on October 28th. He has been in jail for almost a month and the next court hearing must be held on Monday at the latest.

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