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Moroccan accused of southwest Finland stabbings found to be criminally responsible

A psychiatric evaluation has deemed that Abderrahman Bouanane was criminally responsible for a lethal knife attack on passersby in Turku last August.

Kuva Turun puukottajasta 18. elokuuta 2017. Poliisit ovat ympäröineet maassa makaavan miehen.
The scene immediately after Bouanane was apprehended. Image: Kirsi Kanerva / Lehtikuva

Finland’s National Institute for Health and Welfare, the THL has announced that it found Abderrahman Bouanane, the young Moroccan man accused of a deadly knife attack in Turku last August, criminally responsible for his actions. Two people were killed and six others injured in the grisly incident.

The public welfare watchdog handed in its appraisal to the court on 6 March. The southwest Finland District Court ordered the psychiatric evaluation last October, saying that the accused had requested the assessment.

Charges flag terrorist intent

Bouanane was charged on two counts of murder with terrorist intent and eight counts of attempted murder with terrorist intent over the stabbings, which took place on 18 August. A preliminary hearing will take place on 20 March.

The prosecution will argue that the accused acted with terrorist intent and that his objective was to create fear among members of the public.

Deputy state prosecutor Raija Toivainen decided on the charges. She will lead a team of prosecutors that includes district prosecutor Hannu Koistinen from Oulu and Sampsa Hakala, a senior inspector from the office of the Prosecutor General.

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