Uzbek suspect pleads guilty in Stockholm truck rampage
STOCKHOLM | A 39-year-old old Uzbek man has pleaded guilty to a terrorist crime after ramming a truck into a crowd in Stockholm, killing four people and wounding 15, his lawyer said Tuesday.
The Stockholm District Court ruled Tuesday that police may detain Rakhmat Akilov for a month. After the court hearing, defense lawyer Johan Eriksson said Akilov is pleading guilty to Friday’s attack and that his client could remain jailed as long as it takes to resolve the case.
Police detained Akilov on Friday after he drove the stolen beer truck into a crowd outside an upscale department store in central Stockholm in the afternoon. Police have not given a motive for the attack and no extremist group has claimed responsibility, but police chief Dan Eliasson said that after questioning him they have become increasingly “convinced that we have the right suspect.”