Denmark Charges Suspects In Terror Plot


Salon Staff
March 2, 2012 7:27PM (UTC)

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Denmark's top prosecutor has charged four people with terrorism for allegedly planning a shooting attack on a newspaper that had printed cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad.

Svend Ulrik Larsen said Friday that the men — Swedes living in Denmark — wanted "to seriously frighten the population" and destabilize Denmark by planning a shooting spree inside the Copenhagen offices of the Jyllands-Posten newspaper, which published 12 of the cartoons in 2005.

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The four men were arrested in Copenhagen and one in Stockholm in December 2010. One of them was later released.

Ulrik Larsen says the men cannot be named under a court order.

If found guilty, they face life sentences, which in Denmark is generally reduced to 16 years in prison.


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