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Swede to face London court on terror charges

A Swedish citizen will face a London court on Tuesday charged with fundraising for a Somali terrorist organization.

The 32-year-old man will stand trial at Kingston Crown Court in London and could face up to ten years imprisonment if found guilty.

The man has been in detention since May 28th 2008 when he was arrested in a dawn raid by police in Leicester.

“Our embassy has sought contact with the man but he has not responded. If no contact with the Swedish authorities is wanted it can not be forced on him,” Amelie Heinsjö at the Swedish foreign ministry (UD) said to Svenska Dagbladet.

The Swedish judicial system has provided the UK authorities with information from a previous case involving the man, who is a Swedish citizen.

The defendant is known to the Swedish security police (Säpo). He has previously figured in an investigation into Yassin Ali, a Swedish citizen that spent 105 days in custody in Sweden on suspicion of raising funds for the Somali terrorist group al-Shahaab, Svenska Dagbladet writes.

The 32-year-old became a Swedish citizen in 2005 although currently has no fixed address in Sweden.

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SOMALIA

Swedish citizen appointed next prime minister of Somalia

A Swedish-Somali engineer has been named the new prime minister of Somalia after his predecessor was ousted by a no-confidence vote.

Swedish citizen appointed next prime minister of Somalia
Mohamed Hussein Roble, centre, came to Sweden in 1992 and got his citizenship five years later. Photo: Somali Presidents' Office
Mohamed Hussein Roble came to Sweden in 1992, shortly after the armed coup that thrust the country into its long civil war. He became a Swedish citizen five years later. 
 
In 2000, he gained his masters in Environmental Technology and Sustainable Infrastructure from the KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm. 
 
Most recently, he has been working for the International Labour Organisation in Nairobi, Kenya. 
 
 
Roble's appointment was announced by President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed on Friday, with Abdinur Mohamed, his deputy chief of staff tweeting out a picture of the new prime minister on Friday. 
The appointment still needs to be confirmed by a vote of country's parliament. 
 
In a statement, President Farmajo called on Roble to “immediately form a capable government that will lead the country to elections and make significant efforts to consolidate security gains, rebuild the armed forces, develop infrastructure, expand basic services.” 
 
 
 
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