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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.
The Supreme Court rejected a Kurdish TV station's attempt to appeal its terrorism conviction. The domestic intelligence agency PET is training shop managers in Copenhagen and Aarhus how to identify potential terrorists.
The national intelligence agency, PET, said that some 40 Danish residents have trained in Shabaab camps in Somalia, and that the terror group has recruited in Denmark as part of an effort to gain fighters from outside Somalia. Citing an inability to find violations of the law, police dropped their investigation of extremist cleric Abu Ahmed, his Quba mosque, and the organization Hjælp4Syrien, which are thought to be supporting jihadist activity in Syria.
Trial began in Copenhagen for 11 men accused of sending 11 million Danish kroner (nearly $2 million) to aid the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party in Turkey. All of the defendants have pled not guilty to terror charges but some admitted to raising the money for other purposes. The case arose from information obtained during the investigation of a Kurdish TV station that was found to have promoted terrorism.
Abderozzak Benarabe, a convicted gang leader from Nørrebro who is said to have fought with the Islamist Ahrar al Sham brigade in Syria this year, is wanted by authorities for assault and robbery in Nørrebro. Officials interrogated him on his return from Syria but have not charged him with terrorist offenses. He is said to be in Morocco.
A video featuring Abu Khattab, a Danish-speaking jihadist in Syria has emerged, showing Khattab and three other fighters declaring war on the "enemies of Islam" and aiming guns at photos of six prominent Danes, including NATO head Anders Fogh Rasmussen. The chairman of the Danish Syrian Association said the Assad regime was not responsible for the chemical attack in Damascus on Aug. 21. Denmark said it will not offer permanent residency to Syrian refugees.
The state attorney's department for special economic and international crime has begun investigating Syrian refugees who are suspected of committing war crimes in Syria. The investigations will look at those who have fought for the Assad regime as well as those who have fought with the rebels.
Authorities announced a possible lead in the investigation into the February attack on Danish free speech advocate Lars Hedegaard. A dark blue VW Transporter van was seen outside Hedegaard's residence just prior to the attempted shooting. The car was purchased a few days earlier by a man of "ethnic origin other than Danish" who used the false identity "Mohammed Issa"; his description matches that of the attacker.
The head of PET, Denmark's secret service agency, said the agency and the government are taking measures to crack down on Danes who travel to Syria to fight with the rebels, who pose "one of the most serious security risks to the Danish society at the moment." PET estimates that at least 65 Danes have fought in the conflict; five are known to have been killed in Syria. Many of the Danish fighters are said to have joined the al Qaeda-linked Al Nusrah Front.
Convicted terrorist Said Mansour, 'the bookseller from Brønshøj', was charged again with terrorism last week, after a tipoff from Scotland Yard linked to the investigation of extremist cleric Abu Qatada in London. Like Qatada, Mansour is wanted by Jordan. Two weeks earlier, one-legged Chechen bomber Lors Doukaev was deported to Belgium to serve out a terrorism sentence.
After being tipped off by Scotland Yard, Danish police arrested a man in Copenhagen linked to extremist cleric Abu Qatada, and are examining evidence seized during the arrest to see if it is banned extremist material. Last year jihadist material in Qatada's name was published online by Al Nur Islamic Information, a Copenhagen company with ties to Said Mansour, a convicted Danish terrorist.
A 29-year-old man who was arrested in Aarhus on March 27 has been sentenced in absentia to police custody after being committed to a psychiatric hospital. Prior to his arrest, the man had shouted he was a terrorist, threatened to blow up the bus on which he was riding, and issued threats against Danish cartoonist Kurt Westergaard.
Two Somali brothers from Aarhus are accused of collaborating to arrange and finance the older brother's stay at a Shabaab training camp in Somalia. The older brother spent several months at a Shabaab camp near Mogadishu until early 2012. The suspects have been in custody since May 2012.
Ahmed Akkari, a Danish Islamic leader who traveled to the Middle East in 2006 to provoke reaction against a Danish newspaper's publication of cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed, said he regretted his action now because it resulted in the curtailment of civil rights of Muslim groups in Denmark. He still blames the newspaper for the "ordeal."
Police are looking for a Danish-speaking man with "Middle Eastern traits" who attempted to assassinate Danish free speech advocate and Islam critic Lars Hedegaard yesterday. PET, the domestic intelligence agency, cautioned that it can never "offer full protection to people who make controversial statements in the public debate and thereby become potential targets of violent extremism."
Lars Hedegaard, president of the Danish Free Press Society and a critic of Islam, survived an assassination attempt outside his home. The assailant fired and missed, then fled when his gun jammed. Shortly thereafter, two men in ski masks were seen jumping into the hippopotamus enclosure at the nearby Copenhagen Zoo. In 2011 Hedegaard was cleared of a racism charge for anti-Muslim comments made at a party.