Trial for Alleged Terrorists Begins in Denmark

Posted April 13th, 2012 at 7:50 am (UTC-5)
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Four Swedish men went on trial Friday in Denmark on terrorism charges involving a plot to attack a newspaper that published cartoons depicting the Prophet Muhammad.

Three Swede nationals and a resident of Sweden pleaded not guilty at the start of their trial in a courtroom outside the capital city of Copenhagen. Three of the men were arrested in December 2010 while they were allegedly heading to the offices of Jyllands-Posten newspaper to carry out the attack. The other man was arrested in Stockholm on the same day, and eventually extradited to Denmark.

Three of the men also pleaded not guilty to illegal possession of weapons. Prosecutors say the men, who had ties to militant Islamist groups and international terrorist organizations, had planned to kill a large number of people at the newspaper.

Jyllands-Posten published a dozen cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad in 2005 that sparked several violent and sometimes deadly protests around the world.