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Untranslated document postpones bomber trial

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16:41 CEST+02:00
The trial against Stockholm suicide bomber Taimour Abdulwahab's suspected accomplice Nasserdine Menni, set to open in Glasgow on Monday, was delayed until Wednesday due to a document needing to be translated to Swedish.

“Of course everyone is keen to get this under way as soon as possible, but unfortunately complications have arisen at a late stage regarding a document, which is part of the body of evidence,” said prosecutor Andrew Miller to the court.

According to Miller, one of the documents pertaining to the forensic investigation, was mistakenly believed to have originated with Swedish authorities but only exists in English.

The prosecutor wants to have it translated so that a Swedish witness, set to appear before the court on Tuesday, could fully understand it. Now, it seems as if the trial will commence on Wednesday when a jury will also be elected.

Meanwhile, the defendant, Nasserdine Menni, seemed in great form at the opening of the trial, according to TT.

”Hello,” said Menni loudly, smiled widely and nodded to the gathered press as he entered the Glasgow High Court, between his interpreter and two police officers.

He spoke loudly with his defence lawyer, William Taylor, and seemed in high spirits, according to the TT reporter on the scene.

Menni, who has not been seen in the media before, is described as thin and just under average height. He is clean-shaven with short dark hair.

At the trial he was dressed in a dark suit and white shirt. The different aliases he has used have varied in age between the birth years of 1964 and 1980.

However, according to TT, it is most likely that his birth year is closer to 1980. There have also been questions regarding his true nationality that yet remain to be answered.

Menni risks life in prison as he planned the bombing in Stockholm in December, 2010, along with Abdulwahab. He denies the allegations.

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