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Danish court sentences four men for planning terror acts

(Xinhua)

08:13, June 05, 2012

COPENHAGEN, June 4 (Xinhua) -- A Danish court on Monday sent four men from Sweden into 12-year jail, claiming them guilty of terrorism.

The court said Swedish nationals Munir Awad, 31, Omar Abdalla Aboelazm, 32, Sahbi Ben Mohamed Zalouti, 39, and Tunisian national Mounir Ben Mohamed Dhahri, 46, are sentenced to 12 years prison each.

Prosecutors had earlier told the Glostrup Municipal Court that the four men had planned a violent attack in Denmark, which was likely aimed at the offices of Danish national newspaper Jyllands-Posten, in downtown Copenhagen.

The act was meant to be in revenge for the paper's publication in 2005 of controversial drawings of prophet Muhammed, they said.

The court found all four guilty of planning, and being on the way to carry out a terror attack, with court President Katrine B.B. Eriksen saying the court found it "proven that they intended to kill."

The court found it proven that the men drove from Stockholm to Copenhagen on Dec. 28, 2010, bringing weapons, ammunition and plastic handcuff strips with them.

Three of them were arrested by Danish police in a flat in a Copenhagen suburb on Dec. 29, 2010, while the fourth was arrested a day later in Stockholm.

The court said it emphasized information received through electronic interception of conversations made by the men at an apartment in Stockholm, where they had spoken of committing a terror act against a Danish newspaper. The court heard the four men intended to cause as many casualties as possible.

The court said Dhahri and Zalouti planned the attack while Awad and Aboelazm actively participated in preparing for it.

Prosecutors had asked for between 14 and 16 years imprisonment, but the Glostrup court upheld a precedent set by the Danish Supreme Court that planning of terror acts should normally be punished with a maximum 12-year sentence.

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