The man detained for a Malmö arson attack claimed by Isis did not commit a terror offence, a Swedish remand hearing has concluded.
The chief prosecutor had pushed for the incident to be described as a terror offence, but after a three hour remand hearing, Malmö district course decided that was not the case.
“There are very high conditions that need to be met for something to be a terror crime. In my closing statement I said that the prosecution is far from that. And the district court clearly agreed with it,” defence attorney Lars Edman told news agency TT after the hearing.
On the early hours of October 11th, two Molotov cocktails were thrown into a Malmö building used by Iraqi cultural association Aldorr.
Here comes the "genius" reasoning I referenced:The incident provoked little media attention both in Sweden and abroad, but in the immediate aftermath, Isis magazine al-Naba claimed the fire was started by “a warrior from the caliphate”, and that the centre was used by “infidels”, which in the context of their article was believed to mean Shia Muslims.
Ah, yes. One can see how that would make all the difference. 😏An Aldorr spokesperson told Swedish news agency TT that the building is not a place of worship, but rather, a community centre, and while members are Shiites, the association's activities are not primarily of a religious nature.