Uzbekistan says info on truck attack suspect sent to Sweden

Marcus Newton
April 14, 2017

His lawyer, Johan Eriksson, told the court that his client had admitted to the crime. After Eriksson's statement, the judge consented to the prosecution's request to have the rest of the hearing held behind closed doors due to the classified nature of the information in the investigation.

It was not immediately clear when Akilov made his plea.

Akilov, who did not speak in court, has not yet been formally charged. Akilov was not handcuffed, and he wore a green fleece jacket wrapped around his head.

He told a court the 39-year-old had confessed to deliberately driving the stolen beer lorry into crowds along Drottninggatan in the Swedish capital on 7 April.

Uzbekistan has revealed the Stockholm terror suspect was linked to Islamic State and that it had warned "Western partners" about him before the attack.

Police tried to find Akilov in February, but he had gone underground and was wanted by police, according to The New York Times.

Police say Akilov has expressed sympathies with extremist organisations.

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The prosecutor's office said on Tuesday that it will revoke the arrest of a second man police had detained on Sunday because they suspected he was involved in the case. The attack killed four people.

An 11-year-old Swedish girl named Ebba Åkerlund has also been identified by her parents as one of the victims, according to Sweden's TV4. Fifteen were injured. Eight people remain in hospital, including two in intensive care.

The lawyer says Akilov "acknowledges the terrorist charge and agrees to be arrested". It gave no more details.

Friday's attack shocked Swedes who pride themselves on their open-door policies toward migrants and refugees.

Akilov, who was known to intelligence services, had applied for residency in Sweden in 2014 but his application was rejected in December previous year, according to police.

"In 2014, Rakhmat Akilov left for Stockholm where he was involved in construction activities".

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