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.
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.