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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.
Said Mansour a.k.a. Sam Mansour, a Copenhagen bookseller with ties to extremist cleric Abu Qatada, was accused of inciting terrorism; the new charges are similar to those for which he was previously convicted. Police described him as the ideologue for a European terror network linked to "a wide range of Islamic terrorists." He is being held in custody for four weeks. Mansour, who is also wanted by Jordan, may have dual Moroccan nationality.
Justice Minister Hækkerup said that since Denmark cannot prosecute Danes for having traveled to fight in Syria, Denmark plans to work with other European Union countries to prevent would-be jihadists from leaving their home countries. Danish intelligence reported that since 2012, at least 90 people have left Denmark to fight in Syria and 11 have died there. Abu Khattab, a well-known Danish Salafist, was reportedly killed in Syria in late 2013. Authorities have warned Danish Muslims they could be prosecuted upon their return to Denmark if they fought in Syria, but none have been prosecuted.
Denmark has offered to contribute up to 75 military personnel and a C-130J cargo aircraft to the UN peacekeeping mission in Mali. Isaac Meyer a.k.a. Abdul Basit Abu-Lifa, a convicted terrorist, was found guilty of assaulting Yayha Hassan, a poet who has criticized Islamist culture in Denmark.
Police filed charges against one of two people accused of posting online threats against poet Yahya Hassan, who has criticized Islamist culture in Denmark. Six of 27 reported threats were investigated; charges against the other suspect were dropped.
The PET intelligence agency estimated that about 80 Danes have gone to Syria to fight since 2012; it said at least seven have been killed in Syria and some 40 have returned. The agency warned that most of the recruits come from "Islamist" environments, and that an increasing number of them have ties to criminal gangs. Police recommended that an event featuring a poet who has criticized Islamist culture in Denmark be canceled due to fears they would not be able to maintain public order.
Isaac Meyer, a.k.a. Abdul Basit Abu-Lifa, was charged with terrorism for assaulting Yahya Hassan, a Danish poet of Palestinian origins who has criticized Islamist culture in Denmark. Meyer, who was previously convicted of terrorism, punched Hassan at Copenhagen's central train station, calling him an infidel who should die. Hassan is currently under the protection of Denmark's PET intelligence agency, after receiving death threats.
The Foreign Ministry said it is investigating reports that two Danish men were killed while fighting in Syria. One carried a student identification card for 17-year-old Fatih Jahangir Khan of Vejle; the other carried a Danish passport but his name was not given. The pair reportedly died in clashes between Syrian rebels and regime forces in Aleppo over the weekend.
Police arrested but later released 15 people in Aarhus suspected of throwing rocks and flares at former imam Ahmed Akkari, who was on a speaking tour of troubled neighborhoods with a candidate for parliament. Police also seized 209 flares intended that were to be set off during the event. Akkari, who was protected by 40 policemen, said he would not back down despite harassment. Rocks were also thrown at the two men during a previous event in Odense. Akkari has been criticized by some in the Muslim community for distancing himself from the Prophet Mohammed cartoon controversy.