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Two Swedes jailed for plotting Somalia attacks

AFP/The Local · 8 Dec 2010, 16:15

Published: 08 Dec 2010 16:15 GMT+01:00

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"The prosecutor proved that the accused had taken it upon themselves and decided with the Somali islamist militia al-Shabaab to commit terrorist crimes in the form of suicide attacks," the court said.

Prosecutor Agnetha Hilding Qvarnström had sought a sentence of three years each for Mohamoud Jama, 22, and Bille Ilias Mohamed, 26, who were arrested in Gothenburg and Stockholm in May and June this year following an investigation by the Swedish security police.

The court said both men are members and sympathisers of 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 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.

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.

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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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16:56 December 8, 2010 by calebian22
justice served
17:20 December 8, 2010 by Swedesmith
How about assisting them in their quest to live in the land of the 72 virgins?
17:36 December 8, 2010 by TwoToTango
They should be sentenced to a lifetime of community service. As bacon quality testers.
19:02 December 8, 2010 by free range cheese
Comment removed by The Local for breach of our terms.
19:55 December 8, 2010 by GefleFrequentFlyer
"Two Swedish citizens of Somali origin" Holy cow! A first for TL!
20:09 December 8, 2010 by Swedish123
Swedish!!! Please!!! just in piece of paper!!!

Send him back to Somalia.
20:15 December 8, 2010 by unseen

i respect your attitude toward Islam or toward extremest Muslims, whatever your intention was.

as i have acknowledged Islam as a religion pretty much well, this 72 thing has nothing to do with Islam. its only wahhabism who supports and promotes this sick ideology. try to google wahhabism and figure it out yourself, that form the almost 2 billion blamed Muslims around the world, how many of them consider this ideology?

isn't it time to stop think as bad as those extremists? as you can see wikileakes has changed many people's idea of their democratic governments. why is it so hard to believe that these sick bastards are support by global organizations who benefit their existence more than Iraqis. i am from Iraq, and i admit that we have our own mistakes as a country, nation, society, which was normal until the Americans came and took over the country. it was by that time Iraqis heard that it is a reality that there is people do suicide and crazy stuff like that. it was totally a new think to my people. so when i ask my self these two questions: why this claimed terrorism had came just as soon as the Americans stepped in? and who support and benefit this kind of ideology in my country? obviously, not us, Iraqis.

what i am trying to say is if you please respect the people in general then say whatever you like about these sick bastards. try to differentiate.
20:36 December 8, 2010 by calebian22
Claiming that most muslims are not Islamists is true. However, if this peaceful/moderate majority remains silent and does nothing to clean up it's own house, it really is a worthless assertion. If your religion has been hijacked take it back. If you don't, it is just tacit approval.
20:40 December 8, 2010 by truthworthy
It is actually not Sweden's' business to try these men. Sweden has no right to side with one of the groups in Somalia and declare the other a terrorist.

the conflict in Somalia has been going on for years and has no nature of global terrorism but is a local conflict. These guys were not planning to target sweden so it is wrong of Sweden to join the civil war in Somalia.
20:48 December 8, 2010 by K2K
Can any one relate the "Picture" in article and the subject of the article. What "The local" want shows here to the people...
20:52 December 8, 2010 by truthworthy
calebian22 "Claiming that most muslims are not Islamists is true" false, all Muslims are Islamists (Islamist is someone who follows Islam) ... No Islam is not hijacked. Terrorists are terrorists no matter what their religion, race or nationality are.

I am tired of cowards like @unseen who while trying to be so much apologetic to anti-Islam bigots tell false about Islam.
20:56 December 8, 2010 by unseen

i agree to all of what you said, however real world is much more complicated than just saying "we have to stand for our religion". the fact is we all as human beings have to do something to claim the free peaceful world to humanity. saying that doesn't mean i am a fan of Mr Bush policy. democracy can't be just exported to countries inlack of democracy. its an experience that nations, people, have to go through, act and develop it accordingly with a mentality to comprehend democracy.
21:07 December 8, 2010 by Swedesmith

My "attack" is against terrorists and my reference to the 72 virgins was a euphamism for execution. Perhaps I was being too vague, so let me rephrase: it is too bad these terrorists got only 4 years. I would rather have seen them beheaded with a dull sword, their lifeless bodies drug through town behind a herd of wild pigs and their heads placed upon a pike in the center of town. Better?
21:23 December 8, 2010 by Alberto22
To unseen #7,

You said that Iraq was a normal country before the Americans came? I guess you think Saddam Hussein was normal, and his gassing of Kurds, of invading Kuwait, of killing political opponents, of shooting missiles to other countries, of gassing also Iranians, and sending his people to 8 years of war with Iran; and now many supporting Al-Qaeda.. I guess this is normal to the middle east under your culture. These people are extremists and they should be judged according to their breaking laws. These Somalis broke laws of a country they voluntarily came to, they should be accountable and punished under the law. Unfortunately, in Sweden the will be out in about 3 months.
21:26 December 8, 2010 by unseen

as your username refer to Swedish identity, meaning that the damage being caused to you by terrorism is much less than what we Iraqis have experienced. starting form losing our country, people, reputation and further on to be mentioned. i am fully anxious to see them punished the way they diverse.

i totally understand your euphemism, yet i can't determine myself to whether it is better to see them in prison or to see them your way. for now, we leave them to the court to decide.
21:51 December 8, 2010 by calebian22

Actually an islamist is someone who is a fundamentalist with strict interpretations of the Koran. A muslim is a believer in Islam. However, don't get me wrong, I am not a fan of Islam. I just try not to get too riled up in these types of discussions. Calling all muslims terrorists just polarizes the issues.
22:21 December 8, 2010 by Swedesmith

I am more than sympathetic with the plight of the Iraqis, the Afghanis, the Palestinians and others who have had their countries torn apart and their homes taken away, lives shattered, etc. People are people everywhere and when one suffers, we all suffer. Furthermore, I thank God everyday that I or my family have not had to endure such pain.

However, I have NO sympathy for terrorists. Killing innocent people to bring attention to your cause is wrong and reprehensible. For the disgusting scumbags that twist religion to justify their hate, I wish a special spot in Hell in the Adolf Hitler wing.
05:24 December 9, 2010 by Mad Mac
I'm led to wonder how these people came by their Swedish citizenship. If they retain dual nationality as Somali citizens, they should certainly lose their Swedish citizenship and be deported at the end of their sentence.
08:19 December 9, 2010 by aaww
@the local

please, mind your words, "two swedish citizen" not "two swedes" !!!!!
08:31 December 9, 2010 by Verygooodman

well said, ur comment is the only one that we can accept! others are far away from the truth!
09:21 December 9, 2010 by Ravioli
I think Unseen is the first so-called, 'moderate Muslim in the history of this forum. To actually hear a Muslim admit that his society, country, etc. has some problems is borderline astonishing and a true refresher. Whether I agree with him or not, it is nice to see. Verygoodman and Truthworthy are perfect examples of the mistakes that Sweden has made in regards to its lax asylum seeker/refugee policy.

As far as these Somalis, they should be stripped of their citizenship and deported immediately so that they can go kill themselves. Unfortunately, they'd probably go kill a bunch of innocents like a cowards, which is terrible. The world can thank fundamentalist Islam for that as well as many of the world's violence problems.
09:47 December 9, 2010 by know
They are Swedish terrorists because of there swedish citizenship and live in sweden.
10:02 December 9, 2010 by Alf Garnett
Break their legs & throw them to the pigs. Giv'em a taste of their own medicine & then........................deport them & their entire families.
10:36 December 9, 2010 by Verygooodman
@Alf Garnett

can u plz read what you are writing be4 u submit it to the readers...... shame on you, sweden dos't need pple like u!! u better go ander the earth ASAP, coze u are very sick.
12:27 December 9, 2010 by unseen

let me explain to you why these extremists are just unfit in human's nowadays and ever society: they would think "claim" that nations are sharing same responsibility as their own governments regarding the policy applied against Muslim world. we, as people, think they are wrong and they use their religion to deceive others, justifying their sick behaviors.

by now, you are kind of thinking their way. you criticized me for saying Iraq was normal, then you mentioned all horrible things that Saddam had done while in power!

as we agreed above, you can't accuse all Iraqis for what their Nazi government had done to others and to their own people, regardless how Saddam managed to stay in power for almost 30 years, its still a mystery that my people couldn't figure out may be the Americans and Russians have some clue about.

and please, don't take my words officially. regarding whether Iraq was normal or not. i might be wrong or right, that was how i used to see my country. i am a human.


there are people like me all over the Islamic world, it is just the evil who prevails easily.
12:41 December 9, 2010 by ringorm
Looks like the Snapphanarna terror group has awoken after 400 years waiting, LETS PUSH BACK THE SWEDES FROM OUR LANDS!

12:42 December 9, 2010 by redcrown
Is it not time in our history that we realise this god thing {religion} is a belief from the dark ages.you only have to look at the different beliefs they have to see how stupid they are.
14:16 December 9, 2010 by Alf Garnett
@verygoodman: No I'm normal, it's you that is too naive.

What difference is there in throwing these a'holes to pigs & them dismembering & murdering 100's of people with their bombs? apart from the pigs getting fed that is!

Let's be humane use a couple of bullets & then deport just their entire families.
14:35 December 9, 2010 by Syftfel
The story does nopt reveal if they, legally, hold dual citizenship, Sweden/Somaliland. If they do, the problem is easily solved. They should stand trial in Somaliland, and there is nothing Sweden can, or should, do about it. Let them go before the judge in Mogadishu!
17:35 December 9, 2010 by Göteborgare
Two persons can not do much. I believe there must have got some moral support from people around them.
17:41 December 9, 2010 by Chickybee
Islam a religion of peace? When one looks at what is being to moderate Muslims in majority Muslim countries it's terrifying. We do not Europe to follow down that road to poverty and the destruction of all the human rights and freedom expression we are lucky to enjioy.
20:07 December 9, 2010 by proudly muslim
hi all i am new to this site and its my first time to post.... what the picture above has to do with two guys being mentioned in the article?????
21:14 December 9, 2010 by Cornelius Hamelberg

These young men did not grow up in a vacuum. They grew up in Sweden. These youths are also the future of this country, unto the succeeding generations.

Several problems have to be addressed and put right for the youngsters, living Islam in this country.


I wonder what Abdirizak Waberi our Swedish Somalian-born Member of Parliament has to say about this matter.

I suppose that he will say that it's a matter of parents, home, school & teachers, mosques and their Imams - and - meaningful/ creative free time activities.

It's certainly a matter of “ihdinas siratal mustaqeem”.

I also suppose that it is both New Moderate and Social Democrat policy / principle to help the weak and not lead them astray.

It's also a matter of the youngsters' political orientation in Islam and towards Somalia. Every time I am in Rinkeby and Tensta, I see young and older Somalians in groups, discussing. I imagine that they talk a lot about what's happening back home in their troubled country – and of course the young always look for leadership and inspiration.


Many of the Somalia youngsters, even younger than these two who have now been convicted, have strong feelings for their country of origin and for fighting for their beliefs in the Islamic way – not in Sweden, but in Somalia.

The message is clear: "planning terrorist crimes" is a criminal offence in Sweden.

The harsh punishment is no doubt intended as a deterrent – to discourage the recruitment of Swedish citizens to fight in the Islamic way – against the Kuffar or against their own Brother and Sister Muslims.

Of course there is a difference between joining the Swedish army and joining a terrorist organisation of whatever name.

One can't help observing that if the young men had volunteered to join the Swedish army to go and fight the Taliban, it's uncertain that charges would have been brought against them. (As Ali G once joked when asked what he thought qualified him to join the army, he asked not so innocently, “Does it help if I have already killed a few people?”

These two convicted young men have not - nor are they mentally screwed up - like some murderers here, who are turned over to psychiatric care.

If the young men who have been sentenced to harsh terms of imprisonment had been entirely of Swedish origin and converts to Islam and believers in Jihad one wonders whether the sentence would have been as harsh.

One has a right to wonder about this setting of an example.

I hope that the judgments will be reviewed and that a system of education will be set in place to “de-programme” our youths from embarking on such suicide missions:

There is at least one such de-programming organisation in Britain - can't remember the name of the organisation or the name of its founder but I witnessed him conveying his ideas about this on a BBC discussion programme about young Muslims militancy in Birmingham about a week ago. It's about guiding the radical energies of these youngsters into some more constructive endeavours even such as Samhällstjänst / Community Service

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