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Gothenburg terror trial comes to a close

AFP/The Local · 18 Nov 2010, 08:01

Published: 18 Nov 2010 08:01 GMT+01:00

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A clerk at the district court in the southwestern city of Gothenburg confirmed to AFP that the trial had ended and that both men, aged 22 and 26, would be remanded in custody until a verdict is rendered on December 8th.

Prosecutor Agnetha Hilding Qvarnström asked for at least three years in jail for Mohamoud Jama and Bille Ilias Mohamed, who were arrested in Gothenburg and Stockholm in May and June this year.

"A terrorist crime has such tremendously grave consequences, not just for individuals but society," she said in her closing statement, according to Swedish news agency TT.

According to the charge sheet, the two men are members of the Somali Islamist movement al-Shabaab, which has declared allegiance to Osama bin Laden's Al-Qaeda network and controls most of southern and central Somalia.

The two men, one arrested in Gothenburg in May and the other in Stockholm the following month, are suspected of having plotted suicide attacks in Somalia, with the aim of "murder" or "maiming" a large number of people and causing "massive damage to property," the charge sheet said.

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The prosecution based its case on interrogations of the two suspects, witness accounts and a long line of tapped telephone conversations, claimed to have proof the two men had been in contact with al-Shabaab leader Yassin Ismail Ahmed.

The recorded telephone conversations also showed that Mohamed had attended an al-Shabaab training camp in Somalia and that he aimed to "return to Somalia and wanted to become a martyr," while Jama "was preparing for a future suicide mission," the charge sheet said.

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08:34 November 18, 2010 by Kevin Harris
"A terrorist crime has such tremendously grave consequences, not just for individuals but society," Prosecutor Agnetha Hilding Qvarnstroem.

She obviously doesn't believe her own words; she only asked for three years. If found guilty, these two will be free to "murder" and "maim" large numbers of people by about August next year.

I don't feel very comfortable about that, I think I might prefer it if they never saw the sky again.
08:39 November 18, 2010 by Iraniboy
Either they are not involved in terrorist activity which then they should be released or they are involved and then they should stay in jail for their entire life. How a person who kill or try to kill others can become good after 3 years? It is insane!
10:51 November 18, 2010 by aab05001
but why to put someone in jail for just a phone conversation?!

you people in Sweden and in the West are hypocrite and employ double standards all the time...

these guys did not kill anyone, they just ''plotting'' during a phone conversation...and you people here are demanding that these two guys to not see the sky again!!! If Saudi Arabia or Iran jail someone for just a phone-call, you people will say: barbarity, savegery, culture of revenge and so on and so forth....but when the western governments persecuting people-especially from the middle east-, you people don't have a problem if your armies massacre thousends of non-white people, you people don't have a problem if the police questions a 10-year old boy, you people don't have a problem in putting all muslims in jails....your so-called peaceful morals and humanity collapse when Arabs and Muslims are persecuted. that is because you see arabs and muslims as terrorists. that is because you think if you are blue-eyed, you cannot be terrorist and you bear the message of god on your shoulders...

and second, who says they are terrorists?

Sweden, and the west because you people want to shell other countries and occupy them and then do not want the people to fight and resist you...these two guys are not terrorists.....the terrorists are the ones who occupy others' lands and massacre their people...
12:43 November 18, 2010 by RobinHood
In order to read aab05001's post above in context, you need to know that he/she has expressed an opinion on these forums that acts of terrorism are "justified".
13:17 November 18, 2010 by Roy E
Yes, it does seem that aab05001 has 'outed' himself.
16:43 November 18, 2010 by Swedesmith
Yes, my thoughts exactly. There is no justification for terrorism. The victims of such crimes are completely innocent.
19:05 November 18, 2010 by izbz
3 years for such a serious crime????? For God sake, deport them after the cheap sentence. Damn disgrace to every immigrant in Sweden....Mayb can't deport them since they are already Swedish citizen but do more appopriate than 3 years sentence. What does prosecutor intend to achieve with 3 years sentence? Deterrorize them? Or let them learn to make better bombs?
19:21 November 18, 2010 by Twiceshy
Swedish prosecutors are comic and tragic, Wikilekas and now this blabla about terrorism, just to kiss Pentagon and to justify Orwell society in Sweden. I would like to speak with leader of Muslims in Somalia and to see who will arrest me because I speak with anyone in this world. Just try to visit CNN, no problem, but if you try to visit Muslims websites, it is blocked by servers in West Europe, and even if you succeed, you are automatically spied. Really crazy. The truth is that we are living in hidden dictatorship which make wars (killing and robbing) and it is forbidden for us to get any other information than those published by killers and robbers. Whoever resist to robbers, he is marked as terrorist. Well, as Muslims said million times, there would be no bombs in west europe if west europe didn't come and killed many innocent people in Muslim countries. Western governments and corporations are responsible for every bomb in asia and in the west europe.
20:34 November 18, 2010 by Swedesmith
Sorry, Twiceshy, the people responsible for the bombs are the very ones who build and detonate them. Them and only them.
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