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Swede jailed for plotting terror crimes in Cyprus

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13:58 CET+01:00
A Swedish man has been sentenced to prison for his suspected involvement in planning terror crimes against Israeli visitors in Cyprus.

The 24-year-old man, who is half Lebanese, was convicted on several charges.

"This means that he will be in prison but it doesn't yet determine for exactly how long, this will be decided on March 28th. But he has been deemed guilty on several counts," an Sveriges Television (SVT) reporter on the scene said.

The 24-year-old was arrested in early July last year on the suspicion of planning terrorist attacks on Israeli tourists, actions he carried out in secret for the Lebanese Shiite militant group Hezbollah.

The man is believed to have made maps during a visit to the Mediterranean island in November 2011, taking into account popular modes of transport frequented by Israeli tourists.

British police tipped off the local officers who made the arrest.

The sentenced Swede told officials that he was paid for his work. It is believed the plan was to recreate a similar attack to July's bus bombing in Bulgaria which killed seven people.

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