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Danish man charged for joining Isis in Syria

A 23-year-old Danish citizen has been charged with joining Islamic State in Syria, in the country’s first ever prosecution of an ISIS jihadi.

Danish man charged for joining Isis in Syria
Attorney General Lise-Lotte Nilas believes that enlisting in ISIS implies support for its terror crimes. Photo: Haidar Hamdani/Scanpix
The man, who has a Turkish background, travelled to Syria in 2013 and was then arrested in March as he was allegedly planning to travel to Syria once again. 
 
“The criminal case against the 23-year-old is being brought in connection to Islamic State, which is known to commit terrorist acts in Syria,” Denmark’s Attorney General Lise-Lotte Nilas said in a press release. 
 
“It is the prosecution’s view that everyone joining Islamic State in Syria has basically agreed to take part in the terrorist acts that IS commits in the country.” 
 
As the man faces a prison sentence of more than four years, there will be a jury at the trial. 
 
If Turkish authorities confirm that the man has dual citizenship, he also faces losing his Danish nationality. 
 
The man is being charged with ‘enlisting in a terrorist organisation’ and also with ‘supporting a terrorist organisation’ as the prosecutor claims he intended to bring 20,000 Danish kroner ($2,941) with him to Syria to support IS.
 
According to Denmark’s state broadcaster DR, the man was in March the first suspected jihadi to have his passport stripped from him, just days after Denmark brought in new laws granting police this power. 
 
According to DR, the police received a tip-off from someone who overheard him speaking positively about Islamic State in a pizza restaurant, and boasting that he had travelled to Syria to fight in 2013. 
 
Three days later the man was arrested. 
 

POLICE

Six arrested in Denmark raid for suspected Isis links

Six men suspected of being members of the so-called Islamic State (Isis) group or funding it were arrested in an anti-terror raid in Denmark on Tuesday, police said.

Six arrested in Denmark raid for suspected Isis links
File photo: Mads Claus Rasmussen/Ritzau Scanpix

The suspects, whose identities were not disclosed, are aged between 27 and 35, police in East Jutland said.

Two of the suspects were arrested in the Danish capital Copenhagen and the four others in Aarhus, Denmark’s second-biggest city.

“Two of the people arrested, a man aged 29 from the region of Aarhus and a 30-year-old man living in Copenhagen, are suspected of penal code violations… for having travelled to Syria in 2014, where they were recruited by the terrorist organisation Islamic State,” police said in a statement.

The 29-year-old is also suspected of having tried to return to Syria in early 2015 to rejoin Isis.

Under his instruction, the four other suspects are accused of having acted as “intermediaries” and having sent money to the organisation.

According to Danish intelligence service PET, at least 160 people have travelled from Denmark to fight in Syria or Iraq. About a third of them have been killed in action, 32 are still there and around half of them have either returned to Denmark or another country.

Jihadism is considered the biggest threat to Denmark’s national security, according to PET.

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