A Swedish court on Thursday remanded in custody a fourth suspect in a plot to kill staff at a Danish newspaper after three others were earlier detained by a Danish court, the prosecution said.
Sahbi Zalouti, a 37-year-old Swede of Tunisian origin who was arrested in Stockholm Wednesday, was remanded in custody for two weeks “suspected of preparing terrorist crimes,” it said in a statement.
The Attunda district court in the Sollentuna suburb of Stockholm, which issued its ruling following a closed-door hearing, also placed a gag order on everyone involved in the case, the statement added.
Under Swedish law, which requires a court to review custody orders every two weeks, the prosecutor in the case Tomas Lindstrand has until 11:00 am (1000 GMT) on January 13 to charge Zalouti or to request an extension.
Three men were also remanded in custody by the Glostrup court near Copenhagen earlier Thursday, for four weeks, in connection with the suspected plot.
A total of five are suspected of hatching what Danish officials called a plan to “kill as many people as possible” in an imminent assault on the Copenhagen offices of the Jyllands-Posten daily.
Three remanded into custody in Denmark and one in Sweden. One suspect was released in Denmark and one was to appear this afternoon in a Swedish court.
Who are they?
Denmark’s intelligence service, PET, only identified the three men remanded in custody as a 44-year-old Tunisian, a 29-year-old Swede born in Lebanon, and a 30-year-old Swede.
It said all three resided in Sweden and drove to the Copenhagen suburbs late Tuesday.
The Swedish tabloid Expressen meanwhile named the men on Thursday as Mounir Dhahri, Munir Awad and Omar Abdalla Aboelazm.
A fifth man, a 26-year-old Iraqi asylum-seeker who was arrested Wednesday in his apartment in the Greve suburb of Copenhagen, was reportedly released but was still believed to have been involved in the plot.