Untranslated document postpones bomber trial

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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Stockholm Pride is a little different this year: here’s what you need to know 

This week marks the beginning of Pride festivities in the Swedish capital. The tickets sold out immediately, for the partly in-person, partly digital events. 

Pride parade 2019
There won't be a Pride parade like the one in 2019 on the streets of Stockholm this year. Photo: Stina Stjernkvist/TT

You might have noticed rainbow flags popping up on major buildings in Stockholm, and on buses and trams. Sweden has more Pride festivals per capita than any other country and is the largest Pride celebration in the Nordic region, but the Stockholm event is by far the biggest.  

The Pride Parade, which usually attracts around 50,000 participants in a normal year, will be broadcast digitally from Södra Teatern on August 7th on Stockholm Pride’s website and social media. The two-hour broadcast will be led by tenor and debater Rickard Söderberg.

The two major venues of the festival are Pride House, located this year at the Clarion Hotel Stockholm at Skanstull in Södermalm, and Pride Stage, which is at Södra Teatern near Slussen.

“We are super happy with the layout and think it feels good for us as an organisation to slowly return to normal. There are so many who have longed for it,” chairperson of Stockholm Pride, Vix Herjeryd, told the Dagens Nyheter newspaper.

Tickets are required for all indoor events at Södra Teatern to limit the number of people indoors according to pandemic restrictions. But the entire stage programme will also be streamed on a big screen open air on Mosebacketerassen, which doesn’t require a ticket.  

You can read more about this year’s Pride programme on the Stockholm Pride website (in Swedish).