LONDON, Aug 27, 2012 (AFP) -
LONDON, Aug 27, 2012 (AFP) –
An Algerian national was jailed for seven years by a Scottish court on Monday for funding a man who carried out the first ever suicide bombing in Sweden.
Nasserdine Menni was convicted of transferring money to sports therapist Taimour Abdulwahab, who blew up his car and then himself in a botched attack near a busy shopping street in Stockholm on December 11, 2010.
Abdulwahab killed himself and injured two people in the bombing.
Menni sent a total of £5,725 ($9,044, 7,227 euros) to a bank account in Abdulwahab’s name in the knowledge that it could be used for terrorism purposes, Glasgow High Court heard.
Judge Hugh Matthews told Menni: “Funding provides assistance for those who would carry out terrorist acts.
“The sentencing of the court must reflect the potential use.”
Menni, whose age is not known, was also convicted of fraudulently claiming benefits and pretending to be a Kuwaiti asylum-seeker fleeing persecution in order to stay in Britain.
But he was cleared after a 12-week trial of a charge of conspiring to murder members of the Swedish public.
The court heard Menni intends to appeal against his conviction.
Abdulwahab, a 29-year-old whose family fled from Iraq to Sweden in 1991, had lived with his wife and three children in Luton, north of London before the botched attack.