June 11, 2018 / 4:15 PM / 5 months ago

Stockholm truck attacker will not appeal life sentence - TT news agency

FILE PHOTO: Sweden's flag is seen among flowers near the crime scene in central Stockholm April 8, 2017, the day after a hijacked beer truck plowed into pedestrians on Drottninggatan and crashed into Ahlens department store. REUTERS/Gideon Malherbe - File Photo

STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - Rakhmat Akilov, who was sentenced to life last week for killing five people in last year’s truck attack in Stockholm, will not appeal the verdict, his lawyer told local news agency TT on Monday.

“He has made that decision, he will not appeal the verdict,” TT quoted Akilov’s lawyer Johan Eriksson as saying.

The failed Uzbek asylum seeker was also convicted of the attempted murder of 119 other people who were at the scene when he slammed a stolen truck into shoppers on a busy street in central Stockholm on April 7, 2017.

Reporting by Daniel Dickson; Editing by Catherine Evans

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