Swedish Bombers Were Trained in Russia, Prosecutor Says
GOTHENBURG Attackers, who detonated bombs at the asylum-seekers centre and Forum Kafe in Gothenburg in November of 2016 and January of 2017 on south of Sweden received sophisticated military training in Russia, Swedish prosecutor Mats Ljungqvist said.
Mr Ljungovist informed that at least two of the accused travelled to camp organized by Partizan and Imperial Russia movement, pro-Kremlin organizations, in Sankt Petersburg. Both movements are involved in support of Russian fighters in war against Ukraine in Donbas.
“It is important to emphasize that these two went to Russia to receive rather advanced military preparation during which practiced use of the Kalashnikov and Makarov weapons”, Mats Ljungovist said. “It is clear that the are international connections between terrorist groups.”
The attacks left one employee of the center with life-threatening injuries.
Due to the protections of person’s rights in the Swedish law it may not be sufficient to qualify the offense as act of terrorism. Prosecutors were not able to find anything that would links the attacks to against refugees to any particular national or ethnic group as it is required by law.
“We can’t see that the actions have seriously destabilized political, constitutional, economic or social structures”, Ljungovist said.
The three authors of the attacks who had ties to the Nordic Resistance Movement, a Swedish white supremacist organisation, launched in Gothenburg will be treated as accused of an ordinary criminal acts not terrorism by court. They were charged with an attempted murder, devastation endangering the public and attempted devastation endangering the public.
The trial will start on June 21.