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Denmark Convicts Four Swedes and One Tunisian of Terrorism for Plotting to Attack the Offices of Jyllands-Posten

06/04/2012

The Associated Press and Reuters are reporting that all four men who planned to attack the Copenhagen offices of the Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten have been convicted of terrorism and all four have been sentenced to twelve years in prison.  The four men, a Tunisian and three Swedish citizens of North African and Mideast origin, were also ordered to leave Denmark once they complete their prison sentences.  The Swedish citizens, Sahbi Ben Mohamed Zalouti, Munir Awad and Omar Abdalla Aboelazm, and Tunisian national, Mounir Ben Mohamed Dhahri, were found not guilty of a secondary charge of weapons possession due to a technicality.

All four men had plead not guilty to the terrorism charge.  But the prosecution introduced recordings from the Swedish and Danish intelligence agencies of the men discussing how they would kill their victims.  The prosecution also provided police reports indicating that the men were in possession at the time of their arrests of a machine gun, a revolver, over a hundred rounds of bullets, two hundred plastic handcuff strips and over $20,000 in cash.  

Click on the Reuters news article Denmark jails Prophet cartoon plot gang for 12 years, and, the France 24/AP article Denmark condemns four over cartoon revenge plot, to read more about the case.    To read more about Jyllands-Posten and the Danish controversy, click on our news alerts titled Danish Prosecutors Charge Four Suspects With Terrorism For an Alleged Plot to Attack Offices of Jyllands-Posten, and, Denmark Set to Begin Trial of Four Swedes and One Tunisian for Plotting to Attack the Offices of Jyllands-Posten.