Cartoon terrorists charged

Three men have been charged in a
Danish court with attempting to carry out an act of terrorism.

They were arrested on Wednesday on
suspicion of plotting to attack the offices of a newspaper which printed
cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad.

A fourth man has been released
while a fifth, arrested in Sweden, is still being held in Stockholm.

The three men were remanded in
custody for four weeks by a court in Glostrup, west of Copenhagen.

For the first two weeks they will
be held in isolation, according to Lykke Soerensen, who heads the legal
department of Danish intelligence agency PET.

She told the TV2 channel that
isolation was necessary because of concerns that the three men might try to
“affect the investigation and affect the witnesses”.

The suspects, who pleaded not
guilty, are also charged with possession of illegal weapons.

The three men charged are all
Swedish residents, although one is reported to have been born in Lebanon, and
another in Tunisia.

An Iraqi-born Danish resident was
released but it is reported that police still consider him a suspect.

The fifth alleged member of the
group is expected to appear in a Stockholm court in connection with the plot on
Thursday afternoon.

On Wednesday, the head of PET,
Jackob Scharf said the men were part of “a militant Islamic group with
links to international terrorist networks” and that they aimed to
“carry out a Mumbai-style attack”.

166 people were killed in the
attacks by 10 gunmen in Mumbai in November 2008.

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