Stockholm truck attack trial expected to start in February

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Posted: Dec 18, 2017 10:43 AM

TALLINN, Estonia (AP) — Swedish prosecutors say an Uzbek man who rammed a stolen truck into a crowd in downtown Stockholm in April, killing five and injuring 14, is expected to stand trial in February.

Prosecutor Hans Ihrman told Swedish broadcaster TV4 Monday that Rakhmat Akilov is the only suspect, and the trial is likely to take "a couple of months."

Akilov was subject to deportation from Sweden ahead of the April 7 attack as his asylum application was rejected. He was captured soon after he drove a stolen beer truck into a crowd of shoppers outside a department store in Stockholm's city center.

Akilov's lawyer has said earlier that the Uzbek construction worker, who was 39 at the time of the attack, has confessed to a terrorist crime and intends to plead guilty.