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Swedes appeal Somalia terror plot conviction

AFP/The Local · 29 Jan 2011, 07:42

Published: 29 Jan 2011 07:42 GMT+01:00

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Bille Ilias Mohamed, 26, and Mohamoud Jama, 23, were sentenced to four years in jail in December for "planning terrorist crimes" in Somalia.

The court had said that the two Swedish citizens "had taken it upon themselves, and decided with the Somali Islamist Al-Shabaab militia to commit terrorist crimes in the form of suicide attacks."

As the pair's appeal trial opened Friday, Mohamed's lawyer Thomas Olsson said the case against his client was weak and that he doubted Al-Shabbab could be considered a terrorist organisation according to Sweden's anti-terror legislation, adding that the militia was a party in an armed conflict abroad.

"The prosecutor's case was very weak with regards to the allegation my client was preparing a suicide attack," he said, according to news agency TT.

"It seems doubtful that (Sweden's) anti-terror legislation can apply to the conflict in Somalia," he added.

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Prosecutor Agnetha Hilding Qvarnström argued her evidence was strong enough, as demonstrated by the lower court's conviction, and that anti-terror legislation applied in the case.

Somali Islamist movement Al-Shabaab has declared allegiance to Osama bin Laden's Al-Qaeda network and controls most of southern and central Somalia.

AFP/The Local (news@thelocal.se)

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09:21 January 29, 2011 by truthworthy
Sure it doesn't apply. if these people were trying to commit violence in Sweden they should stay in jail, if it is about Somalia - Sweden must stay out of it, superpowers have failed to control the situation in that country.
09:30 January 29, 2011 by Ravioli

So what you're saying is that Al Shabab should be able to use Sweden as a breeding ground for terrorists as long as those terrorists don't attack anything in Sweden.

Great. How would you feel if Israel recruited Jews from Sweden for its military and then used them in attacks on Palestinian targets?
09:45 January 29, 2011 by truthworthy
"Great. How would you feel if Israel recruited Jews from Sweden for its military and then used them in attacks on Palestinian targets?" Ravioli

isn't that what they have been doing all over the world since 1948?
10:06 January 29, 2011 by Ravioli
So you are ok with the Swedish military in Afghanistan as well then? After all, they were recruited by the UN to take part in that mission.
10:17 January 29, 2011 by crunchy2k
This would have been a story if the reporter had taken the time to read the case against these gentlemen and included some pertinent information from it. As the story stands, it is just gossip loaded with innuendo.
11:11 January 29, 2011 by johnny1939
Again, a total waste of tax payers money. Who the heck cares what goes on i Somalia. It is a lost cause any way.
12:27 January 29, 2011 by big5
al Shabaab is preventing food aid from reaching large parts of the country that are being hit by a drought, raising fears of mass starvation like that of the early 1990s.

I say throw anyone providing them material aid in jail. Definitely.
13:03 January 29, 2011 by Rishonim
I say put them in a canoe with a pint of water handcuffed to each other and set them a sail.
14:57 January 29, 2011 by Puge Henis

Didn't your mom ever teach you not to waste water?
17:55 January 29, 2011 by Ravioli
Has a Muslim defendant ever plead guilty to anything?
18:00 January 29, 2011 by G_man469
hi guy's if those man try commit terrorist crimes in sweden sent back prison and kick they ass stick
00:59 January 30, 2011 by GLO
I like the idea of setting them off to sail in handcuffs. I Like.
08:09 January 30, 2011 by technoviking
They'll be out of jail and on the street plotting something in 3 years probably...

Then what?

Sweden is going to need it's own Guantanamo if this madness keeps up.
10:06 January 30, 2011 by big5
These two guys shared an apartment with one of the Swedish citizens currently in custody in Denmark suspected of planning a terrorist attack against Jyllandsposten.

Not saying this proves they're terrorists, but it's certainly an indicator.
14:51 January 30, 2011 by Syftfel
The question that must be answered is why does Sweden even have to deal with this at all? What did Sweden do wrong? Who is at fault? Who is to blame? Why? How could it come to this? Could someone please explain to me, without the customary, lefty, political correctness? Thank you.
18:34 January 30, 2011 by Dave N
Fools have given these men Swedish citizenship but they will never be Swedes. Repatriate all Muslims.
23:30 January 30, 2011 by mkvgtired
@truthworthy, "isn't that what they have been doing all over the world since 1948?"

Last time I checked it is Israelis that have to be worried about being blown up on their daily commute to work, not Palestinians. If Palestinians stopped their suicide attacks and rocket attacks on Israel tomorrow the violence would stop. Would it stop if Israel stopped its very patient and reactive attacks? We have seen that regardless of how much restraint Israel shows these poor "victims" continue to carry out acts of indiscriminate murder against Israeli civilians.

@Puge Henis, LOL!
10:06 January 31, 2011 by TheFernBrook
why the hell aren't these bastards citizenships revoked and sent the hell back to Somalia?
10:51 January 31, 2011 by big5
@TheFernBrook "why the hell aren't these bastards citizenships revoked and sent the hell back to Somalia? "

When it became possible to the dual citizenship the Social Democrats decided to make it legally impossible to revoke a naturalized citizenship (most countries allow for this possibility in extreme cases). But Sweden is special, you know, extra moral.

Not even known violent criminals who only could get their citizenship by bribing officials were stripped of their citizenship after the affair came to light. True story.
10:53 January 31, 2011 by flintis

I think the word you're looking for is adrift, set them adrift, no sails on a canoe, why waste a canoe plenty of flotsam about.

Al-shabab isn't covered by Swedens anti-terrorist laws???? Should'nt make any difference, these people were found guilty of conspiring to commit terrorism.

No wonder Swedens full of the bleeders
23:38 January 31, 2011 by maxbrando
You Swedish women and Swedish gays are so f***ed up. Suppose Norway had these guys, overturned their convictions which allowed them to attack SWEDEN ! using your idiotic logic. God, am I glad I live in a place where this nonsense is treated as just that!!
09:53 February 1, 2011 by Juan Harry Bush
If this were 16th century Sweden, the king would have their heads, literally.

And, if We went further back in time, how would the Vickings deal with this BS.

I guess Swedish prisons are ment to keep the criminals safe from society?

Where are the Vickings when We really need them : )
10:00 February 1, 2011 by Rick Methven
"Where are the Vickings when We really need them"

Try some VICK rub, helps you breath more easily
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