Stockholm bomber blames asylum rejection

The 43-year-old arrived in Sweden about two months ago and applied for asylum, but his request was denied.

Stockholm bomber blames asylum rejection

World Bulletin / News Desk

The man whose bomb threat shut down central Stockholm last Thursday said the move was a protest against Sweden's asylum process, after his application for refugee status was declined.

A 43-year-old threatened several Swedish political parties on Thursday with a bomb and revealed that the threats were motivated by the rejection of his request for asylum in Sweden at an initial hearing over the weekend.

"He is dissatisfied with the decision to deport him, and simply wanted to make his voice heard," district defending lawyer Peter Nilsson stated at the hearing on Sunday.

The 43-year-old arrived in Sweden about two months ago and applied for asylum, but his request was denied.

TT news agency reported that his lawyer stated that the man felt like he was poorly treated.

The man caused widespread chaos after he threatened to bomb the premises of parliamentary parties before holing up in the offices of a civil rights group in Gamla Stan (Old Town) and surrounding areas of the city.

The man requested to speak with the manager after entering the offices of Civil Right Defenders in Gamla Stan on Thursday around 2pm. He then revealed that he had a bomb belt strapped around his waist. He demanded that police be notified of the situation and also requested to speak with a journalist and Sweden Democrats party leader Jimmie Åkesson.

He proceeded to "express dissatisfaction" with the parties in parliament, prompting police to cordon off the Sveavägen area where the Social Democrats have their offices as well.

District prosecutor Par Andersson said the man also claimed during Thursday's drama that he was part of a terrorist organization, and that there would be an attack on Stockholm.

The initial hearing took place at the Stockholm District Court on Sunday where he was remanded into custody. He has now been arrested on charges of aggravated criminal threats and false alarms, and has confessed on all accounts.

Andersson plans to press charges against the man on July 8th. The minimum sentence for his crimes is six months in prison, and the maximum is four years.

Last Mod: 23 Haziran 2014, 15:54
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