Man appears in British court over Stockholm attack

14th March 2011, Comments 0 comments

A man arrested in connection with a suicide bombing in the Swedish capital Stockholm in December appeared in a British court Monday charged with terrorism and immigration offences, police said.

Ezedden Khalid Ahmed Al Khaledi, 30, was arrested in the Scottish city of Glasgow last week as part of the investigation into Taimour Abdulwahab, the 29-year-old Iraqi-born man who blew himself up in Stockholm on December 11.

"A man named as Ezedden Khalid Ahmed Al Khaledi, born 11 November 1980, appeared in private on petition at Glasgow Sheriff Court," a police spokeswoman said.

She said he was charged under sections 15, 16 and 17 of the Terrorism Act 2000, which relate to using money or property for terrorist purposes and fundraising.

Al Khaledi was also charged under sections of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999 that deal with dishonest representations and the reporting of sham marriages, two fraud offences in Britain from early 2010 and an offence under the Identity Cards Act 2006 which deals with the possession of false documents.

Scotland's STV reported that the man is a nursing student at North Glasgow College and said his alleged offences including pretending to be a Kuwaiti national and by deception seeking asylum in Britain.

Police said when he was arrested that Al Khaledi was a foreign national but they refused to comment further on his nationality Monday.

"He made no plea or declaration, the case was continued for further examination," the spokeswoman said, adding that bail was denied.

British authorities had been investigating any links to the Swedish attack -- the country's first suicide bombing -- following the revelation that Abdulwahab had lived and studied near London.

Abdulwahab, a 29-year-old whose family fled from Iraq to Sweden in 1991, blew up himself and his car in a deserted side-street off of Stockholm's busiest pedestrian thoroughfare on December 11, injuring two people.

Before the attack, he had lived in Luton, north of London. He had graduated with a degree in sports therapy from the city's university seven years earlier.

© 2011 AFP

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