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Danish Prosecutors Charge Four Suspects With Terrorism For an Alleged Plot to Attack Offices of Jyllands-Posten

03/08/2012

The Associated Press reported that on March 2, 2012, Danish prosecutors charged four Swedish men with terrorism for allegedly planning a shooting attack on the Copenhagen offices of the newspaper Jyllands-Posten.   Sven Ulrik Larsen, Denmark's top prosecutor, said the group traveled to Copenhagen with arms and ammunition, including a submachine gun and a handgun, to kill "a large number of people."  The men, whose names have been withheld by court order, are scheduled to go to trial beginning April 13, 2012.  

Jyllands-Posten is the newspaper that first published the 12 Danish Cartoons.  Many of those cartoons depict the Prophet Mohammad.  After Danish imams brought the cartoons from Denmark to the Middle East in an effort to stoke a conflagration, protests spread throughout many countries in the Muslim world.  In some of the countries the protests turned violent leading to the deaths of over 100 people at the hands of protesters and responding security forces. 

According to the Associated Press, one of the four suspects was released and a fifth suspect was arrested in Stockholm, Sweden and later extradited to Denmark.  To read the Associated Press/Washington Post article, click on Denmark Charges Suspects in Terror Plot. To read more about Kurt Westergaard, the creator of the most controversial cartoon of the 12 Danish Cartoons, and what he and his family have endured since the controversy erupted, click on the Western Europe section of our Art to Die For collection of free speech and  human right stories.  To see the cartoons with English translations, click on the blog post titled UN to Investigate Jyllands-Posten 'Racism' from the Newspaper Index's Internet archive.