Six “Swedes” of Uzbek and Kyrgyz background are being charged with terrorism-related crimes by the prosecutor in Solna, a suburb of Stockholm.
Islamic State Uzbeks accused of planned terrorist attack: Had hundreds of kilos of chemicals, bayonets, gas masks, combat harnesses
December 27, 2018
Six Uzbeks with links to the Islamic State (IS) are being accused today of various terror-related crimes. At least one of the accused men is believed to have had had contact with Rakhmat Akilov. Three of them, according to the prosecution, planned a major terrorist attack on Swedish soil.
“If the terrorist crime had been carried out, it could have seriously harmed Sweden,” writes the Prosecutor’s Office.
Six people are charged today at Solna District Court for preparation for terrorist offenses and violations of the Financing Act.
It concerns the people who were arrested in Strömsund and the Stockholm area earlier this year on suspicion of terrorist offenses.
The indictment for three of the accused refers to preparation for terrorist offenses consisting of suspicions that the three persons acquired and stored large quantities of chemicals and other equipment in order to, among other things, “kill and harm other people.”
During house searches around 800 kilos of very dangerous chemicals had been seized. The police also found two combat harnesses, four communication radios with headsets and other accessories, a backpack, a gas mask, a gas mask bag, a gas mask filter, a holster, a pair of knee pads, two bayonets and two pairs of combat gloves.
“The objects in the previous paragraph would have been particularly suitable for use as an aid to the crime. The purpose of the handling has been to deprive the another of life through murder, gross abuse, gross damage and general hazardous destruction, adding other serious bodily injuries and causing danger to the lives or health of others and extensive destruction of the property of others,” it says in the lawsuit.
The chemicals found are believed to be 560 kilos of calcium hypochlorite, five liters of hydrogen peroxide, 100 kilos of potassium hydroxide and about 100 liters of 96 per cent sulfuric acid.
“If the terrorist crime had been completed, it could have seriously harmed Sweden,” writes the Prosecutor’s Office.
“The danger posed by the crime’s completion was not slight,” it also says in the lawsuit.
All six are also being prosecuted for violations of the Penal Code for financing particularly serious crime in some cases, the Financing Act.
“The charges in that part refer to suspicions that money sent from Sweden by the six accused persons to foreign recipients has been made available to the Islamic State’s activities abroad,” writes the Prosecutor’s Office.
In addition, the indictment includes some relatively less serious crimes.
The suspected crimes were committed in Strömsund, Jämtland, and various places in the Stockholm area. Five of the six people have been detained.
All men are Uzbeks between 30 and 46 years old. Five are citizens of Uzbekistan and one of Kyrgyzstan, both Muslim countries.
The prosecutor, Chief Prosecutor Per Lindqvist, does not want to comment to the media before the trial.
All defendants deny any terrorist-related crimes.