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The Justice Ministry introduced new temporary asylum measures in response to a dramatic influx this year of refugees, particularly from Syria. The government also said Danish citizens and residents who travel to fight in foreign conflict zones will be stripped of their passports or residency, and Danish citizens will be imprisoned when they come home.
Foreign Minister Lidegaard said about 100 Danish citizens are fighting in the ranks of the Islamic State. A new Danish government report identified five Islamist groups in Denmark: Hizb ut-Tahrir, Kaldet til Islam, Dawah-centret, Dawah-bærere, and Muslimsk Ungdomscenter. The Danish Muslim Council issued a statement denouncing the Islamic State.
Police arrested the president of the Copenhagen-based Islamic charity Humanitarian Hearts (De Humanitære Hjerter) for supporting the Islamic State, and also arrested two women involved in the organization's work. The main suspect, said to be a Libyan-born stateless person, is accused of collecting money for the IS. Fadi Abdallah, a spokesperson for the terrorism-linked Grimhøj Mosque in Aarhus, said that the mosque "cannot help but support the IS" and that he "understand[s] why they are killing people." Denmark is said to rank behind only Belgium among Western countries in having the highest per capita number of nationals fighting in Syria.
Authorities said a Danish photographer held captive 13 months in Syria has been released. He was reportedly freed after a ransom was paid to his Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham captors.
Authorities issued arrest warrants for four men who appeared in an August 2013 video from Syria in which they targeted effigies of former secret agent Morten Storm, free speech advocate Lars Hedegaard, politician Naser Khader, the imam Ahmed Akkari, former prime minister Anders Fogh Rasmussen, and cartoonist Kurt Westergaard. Two of the men were said to be Danish speakers, and three them may have been killed in Syria. Abu Sa'ad, a Danish suicide bomber, reportedly carried out an attack for the Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham in Mosul, Iraq on May 20. Danish intelligence says that 100 people have left Denmark to fight in Syria, and many have returned, but so far none have been prosecuted. Authorities recently declined to prosecute two other cases involving Danish fighters in Syria, and dropped their investigation of an imam at the Qubo mosque.
Ahmed Akkari, who was instrumental in drumming up Muslim outrage over the publication of cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed in 2005, admitted that the Danish imams who visited the Middle East on the campaign met with Hamas and Hezbollah to seek their help. Akkari, who has since denounced his own role in the campaign, stated in his new book that the visits with the two terror organizations had to be kept secret at the time for fear that "we would lose the success we were just beginning to have."
Police have identified several members of the Grimhøjvej 7 Aarhus mosque who are suspected of recruiting fighters for jihad in Syria; authorities are attempting to resolve the issue through dialogue. The mosque has previously hosted radical Islamists, including Imam Abu Ahmad, who instructed persons convicted of terrorism in Denmark, and Imam Abu Ubaydillah, a member of the Salafist group Call to Islam and a vocal supporter of al Qaeda. Authorities have developed an exit program for returning jihadists; 22 of 27 known jihadists from Aarhus came from the mosque. The Supreme Court upheld a 2013 ruling that prohibits a TV station linked to the Kurdistan Workers' Party from broadcasting in Denmark.