Rakhmat Akilov, an Uzbek, who allegedly rammed a truck into a department store in central Sweden which killed four people has confessed his crime, his lawyer said.

Rakhmat Akilov, 39, is believed to have carjacked a beer truck in the Swedish capital and driven it into the busy Ahlens mall in the city centre.

Four people were killed in the attack on Friday, and 15 were injured.

Akilov’s lawyer told a court on Tuesday that the suspect had confessed to terrorist crimes in connection with the attack.

He has not, however, entered a plea because he has not yet been formally charged.
‘His position is that he admits to a terrorist crime and accepts therefore that he will be detained,’ Johan Eriksson, the lawyer representing Akilov, said.

Akilov is a national of central Asian country Uzbekistan, who reportedly had his application for Swedish residency rejected last year.

He entered the courtroom with a green jumper over his head, before he was seated between his lawyer and translator.

He had been arrested just hours after the attack in the Drottninggatan area of the city, a busy shopping district.

Akilov was arrested on the highest level of suspicion in the Swedish legal system. Police said he was already wanted for failing to comply with a deportation order.

Security services added that he had expressed sympathies with extremist organisations, including Isis. However, they had not viewed him as a militant threat.
According to court documents Akilov had asked for his defence lawyer to be replaced by a Sunni Muslim, but his request had been denied.

The court will now decide whether he should be kept in custody.


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