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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.
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.