Danish police have charged four people selling T-shirts bearing the logos of Colombian and Palestinian guerrillas with supporting banned terrorist groups.
The four are connected to the Danish clothing company Fighters and Lovers, which sells T-shirts with logos of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) and the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PLFP).
Both groups have been classified as terrorists by the European Union and the United States. "We have been investigating the case for about a month and have now charged four people for supporting, directly or indirectly, organizations on the EU's terror list," police spokesman Ove Dahl said yesterday.
Police said they had seized about 24,000 Danish crowns (US$3,833), computers and T-shirts from the company, which sells T-shirts over the Internet to customers all over the world. They have also closed down its website (www.fightersandlovers.com) and expect to charge another three people.
Colombia protested to Denmark last month about the T-shirts.
Fighters and Lovers said it donated 5 euros (US$6) to a FARC radio station or a PLFP poster campaign for each T-shirt sold, adding that they were still available in some Copenhagen shops.
Handling of cartoon crisis defended
Danish Prime Minister Anders Fogh Rasmussen yesterday said Danish authorities have taken "all the necessary steps" to protect the cartoonists behind the Prophet Muhammad drawings that sparked violent protests in the Muslim world.
Fogh Rasmussen defended the government's handling of Denmark's biggest crisis since World War II, including his decision not to meet with the ambassadors of 11 Muslim countries who protested the cartoons' publication in a Danish newspaper in September.
"In Denmark, the freedom of speech and the freedom of the press is not up for negotiation," he said during his weekly media briefing. "In Denmark, it is the courts who decide this kind of thing and not the government."
Fogh Rasmussen reiterated that he regrets that Muslims worldwide have been offended by the 12 drawings published in Jyllands-Posten in September, but said his government cannot be held responsible for the actions of an independent newspaper.
Source: China Daily