The trial of Rakhmat Akilov, 39, begun on Tuesday in Stockholm; it is projected to last for three months.
The Uzbek immigrant drove a truck through a shopping center in downtown Stockholm on April 7, 2017, killing five and injuring 14. Following a search Akilov’s truck, the police discovered explosives that if detonated could have caused many more casualties.
Akilov has confessed to terrorist motives in the aftermath of the attack, although that will not necessarily be the line followed by his defense. He faces over 150 plaintiffs.
The Swedish vice chief prosecutor, Hans Ihrman, was presenting the evidence revealing the suspect’s motives. The case unfolds in 9,000 pages of interrogations with witnesses, the debriefing of Akilov himself, and forensic reports.
He had been denied asylum and he was known to have been dealing drugs.
It is widely expected that Akilov will be charged with terrorism. Akilov has expressed sympathy for extremist organisations, including the Islamic State. He had produced and circulated two videos in which he vowed allegiance to the Islamic State.
What is known is that Akilov has triggered a discussion as to whether unregistered SIM cards should be allowed in Sweden. Akilov is involved in one of three terrorist cases involving Uzbek nationals over the last year, in Stockholm, Moscow, and Istanbul.