Hindu Vivek Kendra
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Danes accuse four of targeting crown prince

Author: Associated Press
Publication: The Indian Express
Date: April 14, 2012
URL: http://www.indianexpress.com/news/danes-accuse-four-of-targeting-crown-prince/936555/

Danish prosecutors accused four alleged terrorists on Friday of targeting the country’s crown prince as part of a revenge attack on a Danish newspaper that printed caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad.

Prosecutor Henrik Plaehn said the four men, three Swedish citizens and one Swedish resident, had been arrested hours before an appearance by Crown Prince Frederik at the Politiken newspaper in Copenhagen.

The heir to the Danish throne was to distribute an annual sports award and Plaehn said prosecutors believed that terrorists had intended to launch a violent attack on the ceremony, which eventually took place as scheduled.

Plaehn also said the alleged terrorists were linked with Pakistan, a point he would try to prove during the trial. The four defendants were accused of terrorism and illegal possession of weapons.

Though Swedish residents, the men, Munir Awad, Omar Abdalla Aboelazm, Mounir Ben Mohamed Dhahri and Sabhi Ben Mohamed Zalouti, are originally from Libya, Tunisia, Morocco and Lebanon. If found guilty, the four could face up to 16 years in prison.

Henrik Stagetorn, a lawyer for Dhahri, said his client would plea guilty to the weapons violation but not guilty to the terrorism charge. The other three were likely to plea not guilty to both charges. Three of the four defendants were arrested in December 2010 while allegedly on their way to Copenhagen to carry out a shooting attack in revenge for the Jyllands-Posten newspaper’s decision to publish 12 cartoons of the Prophet in 2005. The fourth, Zalouti, left the car while it was en route and returned to Stockholm.
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