Stockholm attacker confesses to terrorist crime: Lawyer

Tuesday April 11, 2017

Rakhmat Akilov, an Uzbek construction worker and father of four, is the main suspect in the Stockholm truck attack.PHOTO: AFTONBLADET

 

STOCKHOLM (REUTERS) – Rakhmat Akilov, the main suspect in the deadly truck attack in Stockholm that killed four and injured a further 15, has admitted to committing a terrorist crime, his lawyer said in a court hearing on Tuesday (April 11).

Police believe Akilov, a 39-year-old from the Central Asian republic of Uzbekistan, was the driver of the hijacked beer truck that mowed down pedestrians on a busy street in the Swedish capital on Friday before crashing into a department store.

“His position is that he admits to a terrorist crime and accepts therefore that he will be detained,” Johan Eriksson, the lawyer representing him said in a court hearing to decide whether he should be kept in custody.

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