Swedish court sentences Stockholm truck attacker to life
Swedish court sentences Stockholm truck attacker to life
ISIS sympathizer given life sentence for deadly Sweden truck attack
10 June, 2018, 20:30
Rakmat Akilov had said he wanted to punish Sweden for joining a coalition against Daesh.
Akilov hijacked a beer truck outside a restaurant in central Stockholm on April 7 previous year and sped about 500 metres (yards) down a pedestrian street, ploughing into shoppers before crashing the vehicle into a department store.
The fatalities were a British man, a Belgian woman, and three Swedes, including an 11-year-old girl.
Prosecutor Hans Ihrman called him a "security risk to society" during his trial at the Stockholm District Court.
Akilov's defence lawyer, Johan Eriksson, argued that his client be given a more lenient sentence because he was cooperative with the investigation following the attack.
Akilov fled the scene but was quickly arrested and confessed to police. The court ordered Akilov to be expelled from the country after he serves his sentence and be banned from ever returning.
Witnesses said the truck drove straight into the entrance of the Ahlens Department Store on Drottninggatan, the city's biggest pedestrian street, sending shoppers screaming and running.
At a press conference following the verdict and sentencing, it was announced that families of the victims who died in the attack would receive 60,000 Swedish krona (£5,155) in compensation while moderately injured victims would receive 120,000 krona (£10,741) and seriously injured victims would be entitled to 150,000 krona (£12,889).
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