Four guilty of Danish terror plot

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Defence lawyer Kaare Traberg Smidt outside court in Glostrup, Denmark, after four men were jailed for terrorism offences (AP) // Defence lawyer Kaare Traberg Smidt outside court in Glostrup, Denmark, after four men were jailed for terrorism offences (AP)
Defence lawyer Kaare Traberg Smidt outside court in Glostrup, Denmark, after four men were jailed for terrorism offences (AP)
Four men who planned a shooting spree at the office of a Danish newspaper which published cartoons of the prophet Muhammed have been found guilty of terrorism and each sentenced to 12 years in prison.
The men were arrested in late December 2010 just hours before authorities say they planned to carry out a violent attack on the Jyllands-Posten's offices in Copenhagen.
The Glostrup City Court handed down prison sentences to Mounir Ben Mohamed Dhahri, Munir Awad, Omar Abdalla Aboelazm, and Sabhi Ben Mohamed Zalouti.
The men, Swedish residents of North African and Mideast origin, had been under surveillance by Swedish and Danish intelligence agencies at the time but denied the charges during the trial. The four gave conflicting explanations about the purpose of their journey, which included New Year celebrations in the Danish capital and travel in Sweden.
Surveillance recordings played during the trial showed the four men meeting in Stockholm and discussing martyrdom, the Jyllands-Posten newspaper and how they should kill as many people as possible inside the building housing the paper and take one hostage. The recordings also revealed them discussing what to do about women and children, whose lives they were apparently going to spare.
At a prayer service in Denmark before their arrest, the men were heard on a surveillance tape saying "when you meet the infidels, cut their throats."
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