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Terror suspect arrested in Rinkeby

TT/The Local · 22 Jun 2010, 15:23

Published: 22 Jun 2010 15:23 GMT+02:00

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“One person has been arrested today, supected of conspiracy to commit acts of terror,” said Agnetha Hilding Qvarnström at the International Prosecutor’s Office in Stockholm.

A warrant for the man’s arrest was issued some time ago. He is wanted on ‘probable cause’, the highest grade of suspicion in the Swedish system.

The man was born in 1984 and is of Somalian origin, according to Expressen. He was arrested by heavily armed police.

Hilding Qvarnström confirms that the case is linked to the charges laid against a man in Gothenburg suspected of the same offence.

“There are links with the investigation in Gothenburg,” she said.

Hilding Qvarnström has until Friday to decide whether to charge the man or to release him. Asked whether more arrests were expected, she said:

“You can never know, but now we are continuing our work. The investigation is underway.”

The prosecutor would not confirm the man’s age or that he was of Somalian origin. Nor would she confirm the link to al-Shabaab. She said the arrest was undramatic:

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“As far as I know it was orderly.”

The Swedish Security Service (Säpo) has stated that it has a duty to prevent people travelling from Sweden to take part in acts of violence in war zones, including Somalia.

At least 20 people are known to have travelled from Sweden to Somalia to be trained or participate in acts of violence, according to the Security Service. The service says that it has information relating to four identified Swedish citizens who have been killed in Somalia during the conflict.

TT/The Local (news@thelocal.se)

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15:44 June 22, 2010 by calebian22
"The service says that it has information relating to four identified Swedish citizens who have been killed in Somalia during the conflict. "

I am so sure these "Swedes" are named Sven, Patrik, Göran och Erik.
16:23 June 22, 2010 by concha de tu puta madre
The Local, please hire a proper editor.

this is what you write : The man was born in 1984 and is of Somalian origin, according to Expressen. He was arrested by heavily armed police).

Then you follow up with this (The prosecutor would not confirm the man's age or that he was of Somalian origin. Nor would she confirm the link to al-Shabaab. She said the arrest was undramatic:)
16:38 June 22, 2010 by soultraveler3
I'm surprised that Expressen actually said that where the terrorist was from. Didn't think that was pc in Sweden.
17:03 June 22, 2010 by Mackan2017
Surprising, eh?
18:16 June 22, 2010 by Nachos
Agreed, Soultraveler. It is highly surprising that they actually identified the true nationality of the individual. Probably an error on the editor's part or something.
20:29 June 22, 2010 by ldmvcd
Probably not, Calebian22. The Swedes named Sven, Patrik, Göran och Erik were probably somewhere in Thailand having sex with little children.

I suppose, generalising can be fun!

That being said, its beyond comprehension why people, when gifted the right to reside in this beautiful country (with all of its benefits and quality of life) would even want to indulge in terrorist activities. Defeats the purpose.
00:11 June 23, 2010 by USA Is Number 1
Any evidence that the arrested person was conspiring to commit an act of terrorism in Sweden?

Have to love it how SAPO's Swedish bosses take orders from Washington. In other old news, BP's Swedish boss is still having trouble with that.
00:47 June 23, 2010 by Nachos
No, he was conspiring to take part in terrorist activities in Somalia. And I doubt he would have been arrested unless they have some strong evidence, especially here in Sweden where the judicial system is a complete mess.
13:21 June 23, 2010 by USA Is Number 1
There is so much violence that goes on in Somalia, much of the violence perpetrated by Somalis and much perpetrated by foreign state actors or hirelings operating in and around Somalia.

The Swedish judicial system works no worse in Sweden than the judicial systems in the US, UK and Australia work in these countries, but I'm sure selection bias can be used to go after whichever target an individual or government wishes.
19:25 June 23, 2010 by greekgod
Why and how was this SOB granted assylum in Sweden. Makes you wonder what kind of background checks go on before granting assylum. Oh well...I am sure that if he is convicted in Sweden he will get a comfortable cell with cable T.V. and lead a comfortable life. Send the bastards to Guantamano and let them live the life they deserve.
23:15 June 23, 2010 by asteriks
Ohhh, Swedish would like to export weapon but not Somalian fighters. but how Somalis could fight without weapon from western profiteers? Aaaaand, Sapo arrest Swedish soldiers who goes in other countries (Afghanistan) to kill civilians?
00:02 June 24, 2010 by USA Is Number 1
For those who haven't paid attention: two US governments in a row have tried to reduce the use of US military prisons at Guantanamo and don't really want a flood of new foreigners in those prisons for "unlawful enemy combatants". This Somali arrested in Sweden has no place in the US military prison camps at Guantanamo, and those prisons are actually physically better equipped than most homes in Somalia.
07:55 June 24, 2010 by wenddiver
Nice to see our Somali friends with all the Frequent Flyers Miles will be cooling their heels for a while. When these cave men are 20% of the population in Sweden I predict a less liberal Society.

God save Sweden from her own immigration policies, because her Politicians won't.
14:41 June 24, 2010 by USA Is Number 1
Somalis and frequent flyer miles? Talk about a laugh.

Given the airlines that fly from Europe to Africa are so stingy with giving points on the "cheap" tickets (tickets which are relatively expensive compared to Europe to US or SE Asia tickets), I doubt that Somalis in Sweden have all that many frequent flyer miles, especially when those points expire very often unused because there are not enough miles for any ticket and they probably are not much different than most Swedes and buy the cheapest ticket available.
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